1 Samuel 20* David consults Jonathan. (1-10) Jonathan's covenant withDavid. (11-23) Saul, missing David, seeks to kill Jonathan.(24-34) Jonathan takes leave of David. (35-42)1-10 The trials David met with, prepared him for futureadvancement. Thus the Lord deals with those whom he preparesunto glory. He does not put them into immediate possession ofthe kingdom, but leads them to it through much tribulation,which he makes the means of fitting them for it. Let them notmurmur at his gracious appointment, nor distrust his care; butlet them look forward with joyful expectation to the crown whichis laid up for them. Sometimes it appears to us that there isbut a step between us and death; at all times it may be so, andwe should prepare for the event. But though dangers appear mostthreatening, we cannot die till the purpose of God concerning usis accomplished; nor till we have served our generationaccording to his will, if we are believers. Jonathan generouslyoffers David his services. This is true friendship. Thus Christtestifies his love to us, Ask, and it shall be done for you; andwe must testify our love to him, by keeping his commandments. 11-23 Jonathan faithfully promises that he would let David knowhow he found his father affected towards him. It will bekindness to ourselves and to ours, to secure an interest inthose whom God favours, and to make his friends ours. Truefriendship rests on a firm basis, and is able to silenceambition, self-love, and undue regard for others. But who canfully understand the love of Jesus, who gave himself as asacrifice for rebellious, polluted sinners! how great then oughtto be the force and effects of our love to him, to his cause,and his people! 24-34 None were more constant than David in attending holyduties; nor had he been absent, but self-preservation obligedhim to withdraw. In great peril present opportunities for Divineordinances may be waved. But it is bad for us, except in case ofnecessity, to omit any opportunity of statedly attending onthem. Jonathan did wisely and well for himself and family, tosecure an interest in David, yet for this he is blamed. It isgood to take God's people for our people. It will prove to ouradvantage at last, however it may now be thought against ourinterest. Saul was outrageous. What savage beasts, and worse,does anger make men! 35-42 The separation of two such faithful friends was grievousto both, but David's case was the more deplorable, for David wasleaving all his comforts, even those of God's sanctuary.Christians need not sorrow, as men without hope; but being onewith Christ, they are one with each other, and will meet in hispresence ere long, to part no more; to meet where all tearsshall be wiped from their eyes.
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