You’ve Got a Friend
1 Samuel 23:16-17 (NIV)
16 And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God. 17 “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this.”
The only time that I was on the run was when I was a teenager delivering newspapers and I was chased down the street by one of the dogs that the owner left allowing to roam on an early Sunday morning. I didn’t have to go through being chased too much at school unless you’re playing tag. That was for fun, but David was trying to get away, running away to stay alive. David knows that he will someday be king, but you cannot be king if the current king is chasing you down, determined to kill you.
James Taylor has a great song called “You’ve Got a Friend”. The lyrics are fitting for the situation that David is in. “When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand and nothing, nothing is going right.” Of all the people who would help David, it is Jonathan who comes out seeking out David. He helped him to find strength in God. Although Jonathan is in line for the throne, he got the message from God that it is David who will be king and he is willing to be second to David. That is true humility and a great friend who has David’s best interest in mind. Jonathan exemplifies a friend who is unselfish and spiritually helps David refocus and go back to God for strength. Jonathan loved David and considered David to be more important.