There was once a great king in Israel. His name was David and it took many years of running, hiding, and praying before he was able to sit on the throne. However his problems did not end there. Holding on to the throne was just as hard as getting it in the first place. David had been king for a while and his kingdom had grown as well as his family and servants. There was one son in particular that David loved. His name was Absalom. David loved him so much that he refused to acknowledge that Absalom wanted the throne for himself. He finally turned enough people to his side that David was forced to flee the city.
David had always been a loved king with many loyal subjects but in that moment imagine the rejection he must have felt. His own son, his people, his advisers were against him. When all seemed lost Ittai the Gittite came up to David and told him that he would accompany the family and loyal subjects away from the city. He was a foreigner and a servant and yet he was willing to go with David even when they were running for their lives. David asked Ittai why he would do such a thing and this is what he said. “But Ittai replied to the king, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.’” (2 Samuel 15:21) Ittai stayed with David even through the hard times. He was a loyal servant and friend to David.
There is someone else who is forever loyal. He is Jesus the King of the universe and he will stay by our side through the good and bad times. He is someone we can lean on and trust. His love is unconditional and his loyalty is continuous.
This full story can be found in 2 Samuel 15.