David is now a fugitive, enduring persecution at the hands of Saul. His life is constantly in danger. But of great help and encouragement to him at this time is his special friendship with Jonathan, the eldest son of Saul. This is obviously going to be a complex friendship, since Jonathan's father is trying to kill his best friend. This will place Jonathan in some difficult positions at times, as we see in 1 Samuel 20. This, and more besides, makes this a remarkable friendship, a friendship which actually Jonathan initiates and sets the tone for. He shows that, sometimes, one good friend is all we need. Our Lord Jesus is a Friend to us, but He also gives us human friends who play a valuable part in our lives.
1. What brought them together? 2: Covenant friendship 3: Friends for all seasons