Day Ninety-One, I Samuel 18-20, Psalm 59
In today’s reading we find a record of David’s friendship with King Saul’s son Jonathan. Scripture says Jonathan “became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.” We will later see Jonathan be instrumental in helping David escape from Saul when Saul wants to kill him. I’m just reminded of the importance of having at least a few very close friends in your life. As Ecclesiastes says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Also, in today’s reading we come across what may be the first of David’s psalms that we have recorded, where he prays for God’s strength as he is being pursued by Saul and Saul’s men.
Today’s reading ends with Jonathan warning David of Saul’s plans to harm him, and they make a covenant to always show kindness to each other.