Summary: David was rejected by the Philistine commanders because they (rightly) assumed he would turn on them in battle. Then Ziklag was burned and his wives taken alone with all the other women and children, and his men speak of stoning him. This brings David to the same Great Distress as Saul in chapter 28. But Saul turned to Endor and David strengthened himself in the Lord. The result for Saul was loss of strength; the result for David was not only strength, but also guidance, hope, favor with men, kindness, success, courage, restoration of all that was lost, wisdom, enduring impact, and generosity. It seemed at the time that Saul was to be envied and David pitied, yet the big picture of Scripture shows it was just the opposite.