Ignite! | 1 Samuel 19:1-10 | Devotional
1 Samuel 19:1-10 Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan was very fond of David and warned him, "My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there. I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I'll speak to him about you and will tell you what I find out." Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, "Let not the king do wrong to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly. He took his life in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The LORD won a great victory for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent man like David by killing him for no reason?" Saul listened to Jonathan and took this oath: "As surely as the LORD lives, David will not be put to death." So Jonathan called David and told him the whole conversation. He brought him to Saul, and David was with Saul as before. Once more war broke out, and David went out and fought the Philistines. He struck them with such force that they fled before him. But an evil spirit from the LORD came upon Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the harp, Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.
Let’s review David’s fast track. One minute he’s a shepherd; the next he’s a king. One minute playing his harp in the pastures to soothe sheep; the next making music in the palace to soothe Saul. One minute using his sling to fend off the wild animals; the next planting a rock in Goliath’s big forehead. One minute writing songs; the next having songs written about him. Would your head be spinning or what? But a jealous Saul was not going to let the youngster’s fame spin out of control. David looked up from his sheet music just in time to see Saul’s arm cocked with a spear aimed at his head. David took the spear embedded in the wall as an exclamation mark on the sentence, “Time to go!”
David discovered early on that being at the top was a tough place. Leadership is hard. Then the jealous spear-throwers arrive. Success is heady. Then those out to get your head show up. The top is lonely. Then God sent Jonathan. Sensing David’s divine calling, Jonathan was willing to lay down his leadership rights and follow instead.
The friend that sticks closer than a brother we read about yesterday is exemplified in Jonathan. Many companions are fine for Super Bowl parties. But Dear God, please give us all a friend like Jonathan!