“Thus Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father, and said to him, ‘Let not the king sin against his servant, against David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his works have been very good toward you.’” 1 Samuel 19:4
Saul’s hope that David would die at the hands of the Philistines in the process of raising the dowry for winning Michal’s hand in marriage was disappointed. David was successful to the point that he was able to raise twice the dowry. So he and Michal were married and on the outside it must have looked like everything was going to be ok between Saul and David. But it wasn’t.
You see Saul’s problem really wasn’t with David. It was with God. God had rejected Saul because of his disobedience and it was this rejection that Saul was fighting against. Saul couldn’t have known for sure that David was God’s chosen replacement for him as king but it’s obvious that he’s jealous of David’s accomplishments and popularity and it’s also apparent that Saul suspects that God has chosen David. Because Saul is fighting against God’s rejection he’s also going to fight against any replacement God raises up.
Shortly after David and Michal’s marriage Saul orders his servants that David is to be killed. Our focus text is part of Jonathan’s intervention on David’s behalf and to some measure he’s successful. Saul recalls his order and David is saved. But Saul is still rejected and David is still the hero and the obvious replacement so Saul’s enmity against David hasn’t really gone away.
David continues to be victorious over the Philistines, garnering for himself more praise, and Saul once again begins to be tormented by a distressing spirit. David is called to play his harp once again. But David’s playing doesn’t soothe Saul instead Saul’s anger is roused and he hurls a spear at David attempting to pin him to the wall and once again David evades the spear and escapes.
But Saul wasn’t done trying to kill David. He sent to David and Michal’s house to arrest David but Michal helped David escape out a window and he fled into the night. Additionally, Michal put an image into David’s bed and told Saul’s officers that David has suddenly become very sick and won’t wake up. So they carried David in his bed to Saul where the trick was discovered. At this point Michal evaded Saul’s anger by lying and saying that David had threatened her forcing her to help him escape.
Many times when we’re suffering it’s easy to feel like we’re all alone, rarely is that actually the case. Most of the time we do have friends; there are people that will help us. In David’s case, two of his friends were Saul’s own children. Additionally, we’ll always have the assurance the God is with us. In him we have a friend that sticks closer than a brother. He’ll never abandon us or fail to be there to help us. David’s about to have enter a long period in his life where he’s on the run but right from the start he has the assurance that he’s never alone.