“And Saul was very angry … and Saul eyed David from that day on” (18:8-9). David was successful at nearly everything, and even Saul’s son Jonathan – the royal heir - was his close friend. However, the king suspected that David really wanted “the kingdom,” and so he turned from supporting David to threatening him. Saul tried to kill him with a spear and hoped he would die in battle (v17), and David had many near escapes (ch 19). Trouble went hand in hand with success (v15).
“For the Lord was with him” (v14). God was with David in the midst of King Saul’s threats, challenges, and attacks. He is with us even before we see victory.