1 Samuel 18* Jonathan's friendship for David. (1-5) Saul seeks to killDavid. (6-11) Saul's fear of David. (12-30)1-5 The friendship of David and Jonathan was the effect ofDivine grace, which produces in true believers one heart and onesoul, and causes them to love each other. This union of souls isfrom partaking in the Spirit of Christ. Where God unites hearts,carnal matters are too weak to separate them. Those who loveChrist as their own souls, will be willing to join themselves tohim in an everlasting covenant. It was certainly a great proofof the power of God's grace in David, that he was able to bearall this respect and honour, without being lifted up abovemeasure. 6-11 David's troubles not only immediately follow his triumphs,but arise from them; such is the vanity of that which seemsgreatest in this world. It is a sign that the Spirit of God isdeparted from men, if, like Saul, they are peevish, envious,suspicious, and ill-natured. Compare David, with his harp in hishand, aiming to serve Saul, and Saul, with his javelin in hishand, aiming to slay David; and observe the sweetness andusefulness of God's persecuted people, and the barbarity oftheir persecutors. But David's safety must be ascribed to God'sprovidence. 12-30 For a long time David was kept in continual apprehensionof falling by the hand of Saul, yet he persevered in meek andrespectful behaviour towards his persecutor. How uncommon issuch prudence and discretion, especially under insults andprovocations! Let us inquire if we imitate this part of theexemplary character before us. Are we behaving wisely in all ourways? Is there no sinful omission, no rashness of spirit,nothing wrong in our conduct? Opposition and perverseness inothers, will not excuse wrong tempers in us, but should increaseour care, and attention to the duties of our station. ConsiderHim that endured contradiction of sinners against himself, lestye be weary and faint in your minds, #Heb 12:3|. If Davidmagnified the honour of being son-in-law to king Saul, howshould we magnify the honour of being sons to the King of kings!
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