The ministry of Samuel was the great transition from:
Spiritually blind priest/leaders like Eli to:
Spiritually sensitive prophets like Samuel
And his multiple companies of prophets.
The "favor of God” focused religious works of Saul to the "Presence of God" focused prophetic rule of David.
David is finally recognized as king of Israel more than 20 years after he was first anointed king by Samuel.
1 Chronicles 11:1-3
David’s primary focus at the beginning of his reign is getting the ark of the presence in the center of the kingdom. 1 Chronicles 13:1-4
Twenty years earlier Saul was supernaturally set up as king. But his heart moved in a different way than David’s.
A reluctant Saul is appointed King as he is given a set of duties to perform. 1 Samuel 10:20-26
Saul’s first act as King is to rally the nation by threat - for war. 1 Samuel 11:5-7
Out of fear of man and the want of the favor of God Saul does the work that was to be done by Samuel. 1 Samuel 13:8-13
Leaning on his own “religious” wisdom Saul disobeys the radical command of the Lord short-circuiting the fulfillment of a prophetic word about the Amalekites. 1 Samuel 15:3 1 Samuel 15:7-9 1 Samuel 15:12-15 1 Samuel 15:22-23
As a result of these fear-based religious attempts to satisfy God and man, which led to disobedience:
1. Saul is rejected as King (yet reigns for 20 more years)
2. Loses the Lord’s presence and favor.
3. Is inflicted by evil spirits and raging jealous flesh.
4. He even repents and falls over and over.
5. And being a “spiritual man” in the end he is consulting a medium for help.
David, on the other hand, establishes and walks in a culture of the presence of God, worship/prayer, and prophetic leadership.
1. David was a man after God’s own heart through pursuit of and love of the Lord’s presence. 1 Samuel 13:14
2. Saul was a man after the favor of God on the terms of his own religious understanding and works. 1 Samuel 15:20-21
Oh how we need a shift in the leadership of the body of Christ, as well as the saints, from Saulic to Davidic priorities.