Journey in the Word

Karen Ingrid Clark

David the Friend – Day 1

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Week Five – Day 1 – Read I Sam 18:1 – 5; 20:42; 23:13-16    SOAP I Sam 20:42WK5D1

The Lord Bless You and Keep You –

1 Samuel 18:1-5 (ESV)

David and Jonathan’s Friendship

18 As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt. And David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him, so that Saul set him over the men of war. And this was good in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

1 Samuel 20:42 (ESV)

42 Then Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, because we have sworn both of us in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord shall be between me and you, and between my offspring and your offspring, forever.’” And he rose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city.

1 Samuel 23:13-16 (ESV)

13 Then David and his men, who were about six hundred, arose and departed from Keilah, and they went wherever they could go. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he gave up the expedition.14 And David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand. 15 David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh. 16 And Jonathan, Saul’s son, rose and went to David at Horesh, and strengthened his hand in God.

O –  Jonathan and David’s friendship was rooted in their love for each other, but also in their love for God.  Twice, it says that Jonathan loved his “as his own soul.”  This is the true sense of “kindred spirits.”  Their souls were “knit to the soul” of the other.  What a basis for friendship!  Jonathan also considered David’s needs above his own – giving him his armor – the armor of a king’s son.  He helped to hide David – even from his own father, the king.  But the thing that strikes out at me the most is the fact that they “Covenanted before the Lord.”  The friendship that is based on a relationship with Him will go beyond time and distance!

A – One of the things that I missed most when moving from Massachusetts to Indiana was the friendships that I left behind.  Yes, there are many, but moving does change friendships, and the daily (or weekly) interactions with those of a “kindred spirit” was shifted due to distance.  Yes – when we get together when I visit, the friendships are picked up where they left off.   But, the sweetness of local friends was missing.  I find it interesting to note that my friendships started to develop when a group of us started meeting for Bible study weekly.  And – the bond through the Lord Jesus Christ made a difference!  It will take time, and many encounters to develop the richness of a long friendship, but the seeds have been planted, and they are beginning to sprout.  And, they are based on the right thing – our bond in the Lord.  May He knit our souls together!

P – Father God, thank You for helping to establish Godly friendships in Indy.  I have so longed for people to share life with, and to be able to encourage, laugh, and grow with.  Help me be the friend to them as Jonathan was to David – someone who loves as my own soul, knitted to the soul of the other, and covenanted before the Lord.  Bring a richness to our relationships, based on the richness that we have in You.  But Father, I also ask that you help me to maintain the friendships from back “home” – some of which are years in the making.  Thank You for those friendships that are based on You, and that have helped both of us to grow in You.  Keep them sweet, and alive.          Thank You, Father, for giving me friends in both places – to learn and grow together.  And, thank You for the group of friends whom I know from this study, some of which I’ll never meet in person.  Help us to encourage one another, and to strengthen each other.  Amen.

Friends are one of God’s greatest blessings in our lives. Who is your “Jonathan”? Make a point today to call that person to thank them for their friendship.

The Lord Bless You and Keep You –



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