2 Samuel picks us up right where we left off in 1 Samuel. After the third day from being back from David’s own battle against the Amalekites, a “messenger” comes to David with Saul’s crown and a band that was on his arm. This messenger actually claimed to be an Amalekite from Saul’s camp. Our application teaches us a lot here, because of who this messenger claimed he was, he probably had no idea about the battle David just fought against the Amalekites. He was most likely what is called a “battlefield scavenger”. This means he was watching the battle and he beat the Philistines to Saul’s body and stole his crown and band. This is not something the Philistine’s would have left behind when they took Saul if it was there. This messenger made up a story filled with lies and our application says “he was lying to gain some personal reward for killing David’s rival, but he misread David’s character.” Instead of this man being rewarded, David killed him, because this messenger claimed to have actually killed King Saul, even though he didn’t, he still suffered the consequence because he lied.
Today’s scripture though comes in when David and his men heard about Saul and Jonathan from this messenger. Scripture tells us “they mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the Lord and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.” Because of their reaction, we can tell they were seriously grieving. You would think that after everything Saul did to David that he would be relieved over Saul’s death, but instead he mourned, deeply mourned. We know this because David even went on to write a song in lament over Saul and Jonathan. (Side notes : if you remember in 1 Samuel, David was a musician, so writing this was how he showed memory over them. And the word lament means deep grief or sorrow, not just a sadness) Our application tells us, “They were not afraid to grieve. Today some people consider expressing emotions to be a sign of weakness. Those who wish to appear strong try to hide their feelings. But expressing our grief can help us deal with our intense sorrow.” Despite everything, David was in that place of lament and our application ends it with “It takes courage to lay aside hatred and hurt and to respect the positive side of another person, especially an enemy.”
Where are you holding hurt? Is there a place in your heart that has been hurt? Or is there something you haven’t been able to grieve yet because you’ve been trying to be strong for others? Write about it, tell the Lord why you are hurting or share in why you feel you need to be strong. Take a listen to this song in your time of reflection.
Try and find comfort knowing God wants to carry it for you, so that you can start to find healing. I encourage you to pour it out during the song, then write where you are at on paper and lay it at the feet of Jesus, which means give it ALL over to Him.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for showing us that it’s okay to show emotions, in fact that it is good and that having emotions doesn’t make us weak. Help us as we grapple with the hurt we are holding, help us to give it all to you. Bring peace and comfort to our hearts that you are with us through the struggle. We thank you for the act of courage shown by David, you know this isn’t easy. Helps us in the area where we need David’s type of courage, so that we can see the situation through your perspective. And that when we are feeling weak and like the weight of a hurt is too much, that we can fully surrender it over to you so that you can carry us through the struggle. We love you and thank you that you care for us in this way. It’s in your caring and loving name we pray, AMEN!