Providence, not chance is at work here. The Amalekites are the original enemy of God’s people as they came up out of Egypt. David’s rescue of his own from their hands, is a divine beacon to the fact that David is the Christ/Messiah of God. His kingdom is to succeed Saul’s.
David gets into trouble but perseveres, and the Lord’s anointed, Saul, dies.
It is a bloody end to Saul and for his sons, killed in battle, and then mutilated afterward.
It is good then to read of the courage of Jabesh-gilead (who Saul rescued early in his story) in retrieving their bodies and burying their bones.
When someone does something for us, something important in a rescue/redeem/restore way, we remember!
Which then is a big sign pointer to Jesus, that we need to remember what He has done! Simple and obvious, but never any less true!
David has an almost-opposite event happen to him. Instead of being able to rescue a city, the city is sacked and burned! His men mutter, mutiny is at the door.
What does David do?
He turns to the Lord.
We see here the blessing that comes from obedience and seeking God’s will.
God graciously allows David’s wives and all the people taken to be rescued, and more abundantly on top of that.
Let’s be encouraged to persevere as David did, in our trust and faith in the Lord and His working for our good even at the darkest of points in our lives.