12. Let not the king do wrong! (1 Samuel 19:4).
Saul’s attitude toward David is filled with unhealthy thoughts, and his son Jonathan knows it. So Jonathan makes an effort to intercede for David and experiences some short-term success. Saul’s fear of David hasn’t boiled over to the point that he can no longer occasionally escape it.
Unfortunately, Jonathan’s verbal victory will be short-lived. This part of the story reminds me that victories of the head are not victories of the heart. Those that have given their heart to fear will seldom fully turn from its destructive path. For Saul, the heart of fear will push him over the edge of murderous intent toward David again and again. It’s a thirst he will never satisfy, but one that will continually add destruction to his own life and family.