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Powered by 4 - July 29, 2015

  • 2015 Jul 29


Godly Grieving

Today's reading: 2 Samuel 1:1-27

After years of craziness with regard to his relationship with Saul, David receives word that Saul and his sons have been killed in battle. So how does David respond? Well, not like the world would expect. Instead of rejoicing or even showing relief that his days of running are over, the news devastates David. He openly and publically mourns, tearing his clothes, weeping and fasting. He even composes a lament (a poem or perhaps a song) in honor of Saul and Jonathan and their rule over, and protection of, Israel. I was struck by the fact that nowhere in this passage do we see David thinking of himself or pondering when he will move into his rightful place as king.

Were you surprised by David's response to Saul's death? Why or why not? What does this account show us about humility and respecting and valuing the lives of others? Tami

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