Today I spent some time studying - reading a couple of commentaries on 1 & 2 Samuel to be exact.
I loved a comment by Eugene Peterson:
For the biblical way is not so much to present us with a moral code and tell us "Live up to this"; nor is it to set out a system of doctrine and say, "Think like this and you will live well". The biblical way is to tell a story and invite us, "Live into this. This is what it looks like to be human; this is what is involved in entering and maturing as human beings.
He goes onto talk about how as we submit our lives to what we read in 1 & 2 Samuel: "we find that we are not being led to see God in our stories but to see our stories in God's."