9 And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord Almighty was with him.
David’s power increased as a direct result of his trust in God. Saul’s power decreased because he wanted credit for himself, and he ignored God. Are you concerned with building a name for yourself? Do you crave recognition? Do you work to get attention for what you are doing? Stop and think about your motives and actions. Look to be concerned with righteousness, honesty, and excellence by putting God first and pleasing him. When you look to God first, he knows your true intention. He will receive the glory, and you will receive your reward in secret. When God is glorified by your actions and conduct, you will benefit. Leave the results of your righteous and pure conduct to God.