David had just returned from a tremendous victory. He killed the giant Goliath and led the troops of Israel’s army in routing the Philistines. Saul promoted David for his courageous exploits. David then became close friends with the king’s son, Jonathan. Jonathan was heir to the throne. Yet something happens in the beginning verses of 1 Samuel 18. It says in v3,4: “Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own
soul. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt”. The prince of Israel takes his own robe off and puts it upon David. He also makes a covenant with David and gives him his armor and sword. Jonathan later risks his own life to protect David from the raging lunacy of his father Saul.
That incident of David with his new robe, new armor, and a new promise reminds me of what Jesus Christ our Lord does for those who have placed their faith in Him. He is the King of all Kings yet He died in our place. By His grace He gives us the promise that we will never perish and will live with Him for all eternity. He gives us the robe of His righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21). The redeemed are described in the book of Revelation as wearing robes that have been washed in the blood of the Lamb. The filthy rags of our own works will not do, we take upon us the spotless robe of righteousness from our King, the Lord Jesus. I am so glad that our Lord gives us armor and a sword as well. In Ephesians 6 we are equipped for the battles we face in our spiritual warfare with the armor of God. That body armor also contains an offensive weapon that we are to use in our battles. The sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
David had a close friend in Jonathan, but you and I have a greater friend in Jesus. He gives us His robe, His promise, and His armor. Praise Him daily and serve Him earnestly.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation