David’s interaction with Saul became increasingly difficult and dangerous. David began to experience spiritual abuse from King Saul who was insecure and self-centered. There are many applications from “David vs Saul” that can apply to leadership in the Church today.
Leadership is vital for any organization, especially churches. When church leaders exhibit questionable behavior or decisions, followers begin to wonder. Leaders should minister out of their love for Jesus with their identity and purpose securely rooted in being a child of God. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Insecurity in ministry can lead to many forms of dysfunction in any church. The story of Saul and Samuel (1 Sam. 8-15) reveals many of these insecurities with direct application to principles of leadership.