Saul’s failures as a human are all focused into his hatred of David. He would be aware of Samuel’s prophesy that he would lose the kingship and guessed who was the other god had in mind to take his place. He throws a spear at his son for even asking why he hates David.
The focus here is the beautiful friendship between David and Jonathan. He helps David escape certain death at his father’s hands. The final scene where they kiss and weep together before saying farewell shows absolute trust in each other and shared love of God.
Perhaps after I finish reading the David story I should go back and finish Psalms, as I now get how literal is all his talk of death being like a snare.
Hooray for godly friendships, eh? Help me treasure them.