3:16 Plan - Week 25 - Day 2 - Year 1 - 1 Samuel 20-21, Psalm 34

Even when running from evil and all alone - God will never leave nor forsake you!

Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word

Psalm 34: 8 Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

Read - 1 Samuel 20-21 & Psalm 34



David has become wise.  He now understands that Saul’s ‘bloodlust’ will not end until he dies or kills David.  Jonathan proves his friendship by being willing to investigate his father’s heart and report on it to David in the field.  When David’s wisdom is confirmed, he splits out of town.  Sometimes, absence is the best option but that doesn’t mean we should flee from healthy conflict or needed confrontation.

David flees to the tabernacle where the priest breaks religious law/custom to give him the holy bread.  This is a vital lesson that we must never forget:  Relationships/life always trump religion/rules.  God gives us His law and Word as the ultimate source of life and guidance but He also surrounds us with people with real needs.  Jesus would later quote this story (see Mark 2:23-28), not to endorse situational ethics but to hold people high as God’s ultimate creation. 

Psalm 34 and 1 Samuel 21 are a dark time in David’s life.  He has fled to Israel’s enemy. He acts insane because it was a custom to not harm mentally unstable people.  God would use this dark time to prepare David for a bright future of servant leadership.  He can use your dark times as well!


Lord, I desire to be a friend of God and a friend of man.

Extra Discovery

Godly friendship pleases God and brings much fulfillment to the friend as they consider a ‘friend that sticks closer than a brother! https://www.gotquestions.org/friend-stick-closer-brother.html


Saul’s deception (from Satan) has brought him to the ultimate low.  Not only is he divided from his son (Jonathan) but now even tries to destroy him by hurling the same spear at him that he has used to try and kill David.  When the enemy brings you to the low of trying to end your family, you are in a dangerous spot that only the Holy Spirit of God can bring you out of…