On this day he looked more like a man than a boy. The gore of war had spattered and stained his person. Adrenaline laced fingers intwined themselves in the trophy’s scalp – a bodiless head swinging slack-jawed before the king’s throne.
David presented the head of the giant to King Saul. The king grunted his approval. The palace court humbled itself into silence. No warrior had been found to stand for Israel against the blasphemous enemy – none but a young shepherd with his sling shot and an unwavering faith in Yahweh.
From the corner of the room, King Saul’s son, Jonathan, watched and listened.
“Whose son are you, young man?” the king inquired.
Bowing his head, David replied, “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.”
At that moment Jonathan’s heart swelled with affection. A love that only the power of Yahweh could provide burned within the young prince. Jonathan saw beyond the simple clothing and the country accent. He saw a brother in the Lord and a friendship that would endure for a lifetime.
If David could slay a seasoned warrior with a smooth river rock, what could he do with the proper equipment?
Pulling the young shepherd aside, Jonathan began to disrobe the finery he was born into. The opportunity to outfit a new hero would not be lost to the prince. Jonathan saw potential. He would play his part in shooting this champion to stardom!
Over David’s rough, wool tunic a royal robe was draped, and a fine belt was strapped. David’s heroic heart was protected by princely armor. A well-balanced sword and a finely strung bow completed the arsenal in the shepherd’s hands.
Jonathan gave David a royal outfitting. He gave his beloved friend power, protection, and a new identity.
David was a more than a man when he hit the return road home. He was a celebrity.
From every city, clogging every road, women surged forward with instruments and voice. Colorful skirts twirled in delight. Eyes sparkled with victory. Bracelets jingled on dainty wrists to the beat of the tambourines.
The contagious smiles reenergized David on this day that was for him. This day the women celebrated and sang:
Saul has struck down his thousands,
and David his ten thousands.
The Blessing of Godly Friendships
God unites people together for all sorts of reasons. He places encouragers to lift us up when we’ve hit a low point. He rallies champions when we’ve lost the power to fight another minute. He brings admonishers and counselors to guide us through sticky decisions. He gifts us lovers and friends to sweeten our days with laughter and joy.
Godly friends are easily identified by their actions…