Saturday 15 August, 2020

1 Samuel 19:1-7

19 Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David 2 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. 3 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.” 4 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. 5 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?” 6 Saul listened to Jonathan and took this oath: “As surely as the Lord lives, David will not be put to death.” 7 So Jonathan called David and told him the whole conversation. He brought him to Saul, and David was with Saul as before.

Previously King Saul – jealous, disturbed and vicious – tried to manipulate circumstances around David so that he might die ‘by someone else’s hand’. This passage begins and the pussyfooting has ended, Saul out-rightly commands David’s death. But Jonathan…

Wise, insightful, committed to David, a servant heart, someone who pleases God – Jonathan intervenes. David is safe again because of Jonathan.

I am reminded that the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf. Romans 8:25-27 and Hebrews 7:25 states this explicitly but today’s passage implies a different direction of activity. Like Jonathan to David, God guides us, shapes circumstances around our lives, keeps us safe, does us favours – God participates in our lives, God is our friend. Like Jonathan, God knows what challenges we face. We can rest assured that God knows our burdens, God knows our lives, God knows what spiritual forces are set against us. We are safe because of Him.

Lord, I acknowledge your goodness in my life. Thank you for being my friend, thank you for being close with me in my life’s journey. Amen.

Written by Sam Stewart

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