A humble person who hid himself when he was announced as king was rejected by God. His spiritual downfall is listed below:
1) Afflicted by evil spirit: The Spirit of God left Saul and an evil spirit afflicted him. They suggested that Saul should have a musician, who can play music and calm him down. David came in this capacity. Probably, David had to be beyond a veil when he played music.
2) Afflicted by envy: David defeated Goliath in a marvellous battle. The Lord gave victory to David and Israel without a spear or sword, but with a sling. Though David gave credit to God, the Nation of Israel saw him as a hero and a folk song became common. “Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousand.” (I Samuel 18:7) That made Saul envious, angry, irritated and murderous in his relationship with him.
3) Afflicted by paranoia: Saul thought that David was rebelling against him and there are many who were supporting him. When David escaped, he stayed in Nob. Ahimelech the priest, gave him shew bread and also the ‘sword of Goliath.’ Saul came searching for David, but sadly massacred eighty-five innocent priests. (I Samuel 21-23)
4) Afflicted by revenge: Saul mustered an army and hunted for David relentlessly. Twice God gave the opportunity to David to kill him. Yet, David spares Saul’s life twice. Even then, Saul did not change or repent. (I Samuel 24 & 26)
5) Afflicted by narcissism: “Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself and turned and passed on and went down to Gilgal.” (I Samuel 15:12)
6) Afflicted by fear of death: Saul was afraid that God did not respond to his prayers. He consulted a medium that he himself banned, according to Mosaic Law. (I Samuel 28:3-25; Leviticus 19:31) Saul and his three sons, Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua died in battle with the Philistines on Mount Gilboa. (I Samuel 31)
Am I careful that I am not rejected like Saul?