Hope all is well. Again, I only know what has been suggested. I am not sure what the exact answer is but I can tell you what I do know.
David asks his men to get him a drink and then he pours it out once they give it to him. It is a tricky passage. You may want to be cautious of those that have suggested that this is not as complicated passage. I think it’s difficult to determine what the context actually is and therefore it becomes a bit precarious particularly if one is saying, ‘It’s a very easy passage to understand.’ Nevertheless I can tell you what I know, or at least what I have heard. It goes something like this – Forgive the brevity, I don’t have a lot of time.
Chapter 10 – Saul is a man that doesn’t take his position very seriously, and when challenges arise he simply gives up(suicide). His armour bearer seemed to take Saul’s position more seriously than Saul did.
The enemy rejoices that one of ‘the Lord’s anointed is fallen,’ and at the end of the day(chapter) the true reason of his demise surfaces.
Chapter 11 – People see that David is different from Saul. When difficult situations arose, David persevered. David surrounded himself with male members of his family, that had a history of victory particularly in challenging situations, who wanted nothing but to see David live victoriously.
David has a craving… particularly values men (male members of his family, that had a history of victory particularly in challenging situations, who wanted nothing but to see him live victoriously) who help him to deal with his cravings in such a way that he is able to give those cravings to the Lord.
David surrounds himself with fearless servants, that have histories of perseverance and victory.
So that is promoted is that this passage is teaching accountability. Tell me what you think.
Give my love to the family.