The corresponding letter to this chapter is Tzaddi-righteous; kneeling (humility)or standing.
Sh’mu’el Alef 18:1 Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Sha’ul, that the soul of Y’honatan was knit to the soul of David, and Y’honatan loved him as himself.
We should be knit to the soul of Yeshua who comes from the line of David.
Sh’mu’el Alef 18:2-8 And Sha’ul took him that day and did not let him return to his father's house. Then Y’honatan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. And Y’honatan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, including his sword and his bow and his belt. So David went out wherever Sha’ul sent him, and prospered; and Sha’ul set him over the men of war. And it was pleasing in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Sha’ul's servants. And it happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Sha’ul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments. And the women sang as they played, and said, "Sha’ul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands." Then Sha’ul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, "They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?"
And Y’honatan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, including his sword and his bow and his belt. – Y’honatan does this to acknowledge that David is G-d’s anointed as the next King of Israel and not himself.
The types are a foreshadowing of the Yeshua the real deal. He will slay his many millions in battle. So much so that the blood will come to the horses bridle.
Revelation 14:14-20 And I looked, and look, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head, and a sharp sickle in His hand. And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, "Put in your sickle and reap, because the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe." And He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth; and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. And another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, "Put in your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe." And the angel swung his sickle to the earth, and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of G-d. And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses' bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.
Sh’mu’el Alef 18:9-11 And Sha’ul looked at David with suspicion from that day on. Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from G-d came mightily upon Sha’ul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual; and a spear was in Sha’ul's hand. And Sha’ul hurled the spear for he thought, "I will pin David to the wall." But David escaped from his presence twice.
David is a type of Yeshua HaMashiach who was pierced according to prophetic scripture. It does not matter that the sword did not pierce David. It is only a foreshadowing.
Sh’mu’el Alef 18:12-18 Now Sha’ul was afraid of David, for the L-RD was with him but had departed from Sha’ul. Therefore Sha’ul removed him from his presence, and appointed him as his commander of a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. And David was prospering in all his ways for the L-RD was with him. When Sha’ul saw that he was prospering greatly, he dreaded him. But all Israel and Y’hudah loved David, and he went out and came in before them. Then Sha’ul said to David, "Here is my older daughter Merav; I will give her to you as a wife, only be a valiant man for me and fight the L-rd's battles." For Sha’ul thought, "My hand shall not be against him, but let the hand of the P’lishtim be against him." But David said to Sha’ul, "Who am I, and what is my life or my father's family in Israel, that I should be the king's son-in-law?"
David shows humility.
Sh’mu’el Alef 18:19-25a So it came about at the time when Merav, Sha’ul's daughter, should have been given to David, that she was given to Adri’el the Mecholathi for a wife. Now Mikhal, Sha’ul's daughter, loved David. When they told Sha’ul, the thing was agreeable to him. And Sha’ul thought, "I will give her to him that she may become a snare to him, and that the hand of the P’lishtim may be against him." Therefore Sha’ul said to David, "For a second time you may be my son-in-law today." Then Sha’ul commanded his servants, "Speak to David secretly, saying, 'Look, the king delights in you, and all his servants love you; now therefore, become the king's son-in-law.'" So Sha’ul's servants spoke these words to David. But David said, "Is it trivial in your sight to become the king's son-in-law, since I am a poor man and lightly esteemed?" And the servants of Sha’ul reported to him according to these words which David spoke. Sha’ul then said, "This you shall say to David, 'The king does not desire any dowry except a hundred foreskins of the P’lishtim, to take vengeance on the king's enemies.'"
This is pretty disgusting, no? Circumcision was a symbol of the covenant of the people of G-d. Today it has become more clear that the righteous are identified by their circumcision of the heart. (labed)
Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by Ruach HaKodesh not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from G-d.
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 31:31-33 Look, days are coming," declares the L-RD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Y’hudah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them, "declares the L-RD. "But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the L-RD, "I will put My law within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their G-d, and they shall be My people.
Sh’mu’el Alef 18:25b-30 Now Sha’ul planned to make David fall by the hand of the P’lishtim. When his servants told David these words, it pleased David to become the king's son-in-law. Before the days had expired David rose up and went, he and his men, and struck down two hundred men among the P’lishtim. Then David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full number to the king, that he might become the king's son-in-law. So Sha’ul gave him Mikhal his daughter for a wife. When Sha’ul saw and knew that the L-RD was with David, and that Mikhal, Sha’ul's daughter, loved him, then Sha’ul was even more afraid of David. Therefore Sha’ul was David's enemy continually. Then the commanders of the P’lishtim went out to battle, and it happened as often as they went out, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Sha’ul. So his name was highly esteemed.
David grew in favor with the people of Israel.
Yeshua likewise grew in favor of the people.
Luke 2:52 And Yeshua kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with G-d and men.