February 22, 2019
2 Samuel 1
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 1:11-12, David and his men tore their clothes in sorrow when they heard the news. They mourned and wept and fasted all day for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the Lord’s army and the nation of Israel, because they had died by the sword that day.
Observation: When David heard of Saul’s death, he mourned and wrote a funeral song. We can understand this sadness over Jonathan, but Saul? Considering all Saul put David through, we might have expected celebration or relief at the death of his rival, not mourning. After all, it was out of pure jealousy, hate, and spite that Saul took away David’s family, home, career, and security, and Saul was totally unrepentant to the very end. Yet, David mourned, wept, and fasted when he learned of Saul’s death.
Application: This text is a powerful illustration of how unforgiveness, bitterness, and anger are chosen, not imposed on us. David had every right to harden his heart and become bitter, but he doesn’t. He allows God to continue to shape and form him. What situation in your life might be similar? Are there feelings of anger and bitterness that you have allowed to have a stronghold in your own heart? How might God help you let go of those feelings today?
Prayer: The Peace Prayer by St. Francis,
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.