As I’ve been reading the stories of the first kings of Israel (1 and 2 Samuel), I’ve noticed some differences in the way King Saul interacted with God and the way King David did.
Saul seemed to assume that when God spoke to him, he was giving some general principles, a kind of “destination” that Saul would then figure out how to get to based on his own experience, wisdom, and intelligence. Saul was constantly coming up with a better idea than God’s. Why destroy all the Amalekites’ stuff when we could keep some of it as plunder and offer it as a big sacrifice to God? Saul assumed he could see the big picture, he knew what God was “really after” and chose the most efficient way to get there.
King David led quite differently. He was constantly “inquiring of the Lord” and simply doing what the Lord said, kind of like turn-by-turn directions on a GPS navigation system. It demonstrated the relationship of trust David had with the Lord.