Starting today for the next few weeks the readings are paired with other verses from other books. This is why I am reading chronologically--to keep everything pieced together!
Saul becomes really jealous of David... kind of like Zoolander and Hansel; Saul is fading out and that David is so hot right now. Saul tries to give David a wife, hoping this will distract him and allow him to be killed in battle by the Philistines. Saul sends David out to kill 100 Philistines and bring back their foreskins (gross) as a deal for his daughter. David kills 200 and brings back the goods and takes Michal as his wife.
Saul takes it to the next level and tries to take killing David into his own hands. Michal helps David escape and puts a dummy in his bed to fool the guards and buy more time. David flees to Samuel, and Saul sends men in hot pursuit. Every group of guards that go after David begin prophesying and crying to the Lord. Saul decides to go himself and he too begins prophesying--God is truly with David.
David goes back and speaks with Jonathon (Saul's son). Jonathon is convinced his father is just going through a phase and would never do something as serious as killing David without talking with him first. Jonathon promises David that he will feel out the situation and get back with him. Jonathon learns that his father has ill intentions for David and warns him. It's clear that a close friendship has developed between David and Jonathon... its nice to see that there is an insider that is helping David stay alive.
The passages from Psalm are written from David's point of view. Its great to get to see another facet of the story. He is praying that the Lord will deliver him from the evil that is chasing him because he's done nothing wrong.
for you are my fortress,
my refuge in times of trouble.
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