Thoughts and Reflection
Today in the bible in a year journey we read more about David. David and Jonathan make a covenant with one another. This relationship between David and Jonathan is one of the greatest examples of friendship in Scripture. There are several examples in the early church where saints form deep friendships because of their mutual devotion to Christ.
We might expect Jonathan to be jealous of David, since Jonathan would have received the crown after the death of his father, Saul. But he knows that the Lord has different plans for David so he does not see David as a threat. Jonathan understands that it is God’s plan for him to be the king.
As Saul travels to the different cities around Israel, he hears the people singing that he slays thousands and David slays “ten thousand.” Here, his vanity flares up and he becomes angry.
How do we escape being overly concerned with others’ opinions? We need to remember that only what God thinks of us really matters. In his envy and bitterness, Saul tries to kill David several times. So David is on the run from Saul and when he is given the opportunity he responds with mercy and forgiveness.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
1 Samuel 18
5 Wherever David was sent on a mission by Saul, he was successful, and Saul put him in command of the fighting men; all the people respected him and so did Saul’s staff.
6 On their return, when David was coming back from killing the Philistine, the women came out of all the towns of Israel singing and dancing to meet King Saul, with tambourines, sistrums and cries of joy;
7 and as they danced the women sang: Saul has killed his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.
9 And Saul watched David jealously from that day onwards.
11 Saul brandished the spear; he said, ‘I will pin David to the wall!’ David evaded him twice.
12 Saul feared David, since Yahweh was with him and had withdrawn from Saul.
13 So Saul removed him from his presence and appointed him commander of a thousand; he led the people on campaign.
14 In all his expeditions, David was successful and Yahweh was with him.
17 Saul said to David, ‘This is my elder daughter Merab; I shall give her to you in marriage; but you must serve me bravely and fight Yahweh’s wars.’ Saul thought, ‘Better than strike the blow myself, let the Philistines do it!’
18 David replied to Saul, ‘Who am I and what is my lineage — and my father’s family — in Israel, for me to become the king’s son-in-law?’
25 Saul replied, ‘Tell David this, “The king desires no bride-price except one hundred Philistine foreskins, in vengeance on the king’s enemies.” ‘ Saul was counting on getting David killed by the Philistines.
26 When his servants repeated this to David, David thought it would be a fine thing to be the king’s son-in-law. And no time was lost
27 before David got up to go, he and his men, and killed two hundred of the Philistines. David brought their foreskins back and counted them out before the king, so that he could be the king’s son-in-law. Saul then gave him his daughter Michal in marriage.
28 Saul could not but see that Yahweh was with David, and that the whole House of Israel loved him;
1 Samuel 19
3 I shall go out and keep my father company in the countryside where you will be, and shall talk to my father about you; I shall see what the situation is and then tell you.’
4 Jonathan spoke highly of David to Saul his father and said, ‘The king should not harm his servant David; far from harming you, what he has done has been greatly to your advantage.
5 He took his life in his hands, he killed the Philistine, and Yahweh brought about a great victory for all Israel. You saw for yourself. How pleased you were! Why then sin against innocent blood by killing David for no reason?’
7 Jonathan called David and told him all this. Jonathan then brought him to Saul, and David remained in attendance as before.
10 Saul tried to pin David to the wall with his spear, but he avoided Saul’s thrust and the spear stuck in the wall. David fled and made good his escape. That same night
14 When Saul sent the agents to arrest David, she said, ‘He is ill.’
18 David, having fled and made his escape, went to Samuel at Ramah and told him exactly how Saul had treated him; he and Samuel went and lived in the huts.
20 Saul accordingly sent agents to capture David; when they saw the community of prophets prophesying, and Samuel there as their leader, the spirit of God came over Saul’s agents, and they too fell into frenzy.
24 He too stripped off his clothes and he too fell into a frenzy in Samuel’s presence, then collapsed naked on the ground for the rest of that day and all night. Hence the saying: Is Saul one of the prophets too?
1 [For the choirmaster Tune: ‘Do not destroy’ Of David In a quiet voice When Saul sent men to watch David’s house in order to have him killed] Rescue me from my enemies, my God, be my stronghold from my assailants,
2 rescue me from evil-doers, from men of violence save me.
3 Look at them, lurking to ambush me, violent men are attacking me, for no fault, no sin of mine, Yahweh,
16 And so I will sing of your strength, in the morning acclaim your faithful love; you have been a stronghold for me, a refuge when I was in trouble.