Family Devotion: Life of David – David’s friendship

Life of David — David’s Friendship

David is a key figure in the Old Testament.  He was a part of Jesus’ family tree.  He killed a bear and a lion and was anointed king, all while he was a boy.  There are several books in the Bible that record his history and he wrote many of the Psalms.  Acts 13:22: “God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart.”  There is much that we can learn from him and his life.  This is the first in a series that will take a look at several key moments in his life, including his encounter with Goliath, his friendship with Jonathan, and his sin. This series is from FamilyTalk: a guide to family devotions.

If you missed it:

part 1: David the Giant Killer

part 2: David’s Friendship

part 3: David’s Sin


Think about it— Do you have good friends?  How do you act when you are with your friends? Do you influence your friends or do they influence you?


What makes a good friend?


Proverbs 18:24  A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 12:26  A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but  the way of the wicked  leads them astray.


Read 1 Samuel 20:1-17

  • How do you know David and Jonathan were really good friends?david's friendship
  • Do you have any close friends like Jonathan?
  • Why did Saul want to kill David?


Read  1 Samuel 20:18-42

  • Why was Saul angry that David was not at the party?
  • What was Jonathan’s plan to save David?


Final Thought:  David’s friendship


Benjamin Franklin once said ‘He who lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas’.  Whether we like it or not, our friends will influence us.  Their bad habits (the fleas) will rub off on us.  What kind of influence are your friends having on you?  Hopefully you are picking good friends who make you act better and not act worse.

Sometimes we may think that we don’t have any friends, or at least not any good ones.  We need to remember that we have a friend that sticks close to us all the time.  A friend that is closer to us than a brother.  That friend is Jesus.

Take a little time this week to pray for your friends.  Ask God if you have chosen your friends wisely—do they make you a better person? If not, ask God to send you some good friends.  If you have never asked Him, ask Him now to be your friend!



If you like this devotion, it is a part of FamilyTalk: a guide to family devotions available on Amazon for only .99. You can also check out The Finding Story, a collection of family devotions from a series based on Finding Nemo.



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