“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 so many had died that day.” (2 Samuel 1:12)
Welcome to Faithfulness Friday! For the most benefit, first read (or listen to it on your Bible app) 2nd Samuel, chapter one. Good stuff, y’all.
Can you identify with David and his men in their grief over their great loss of King Saul and Jonathan?
Are you currently mourning a loss? What tragedies have you suffered? The death of a loved one, death of a relationship, loss of a home, a job, your health, your marriage, a dream for your future, or something else deeply devastating to you?
We suffer many losses in life. When grieving, we must work through the different stages of the grief process in order to heal properly. And, that takes time. David and his men took time to grieve the losses of their king and fellow warriors (and for David, his treasured friendship with Jonathan).
We see the setting aside of time to grieve in another instance, as well.
The people of Israel mourned for Moses on the plains of Moab for thirty days, until the customary period of mourning was over. (Deuteronomy 34:8).
Allowing time to grieve is necessary, and there is a time to cry and a time to grieve (Ecclesiastes 3:4).
Jesus as “a man of sorrows” (Isaiah 53:3) knows all about suffering. He suffered for us, and He knows our grief personally. He helps us survive the losses and heals our hearts.
We need not suffer forever in our grief. With time, God heals us and calls us back to living life again.
As Christians we should get back to living for Jesus at some point. He restores us. Go to Him and talk to Him about your pain. He understands. He suffered great pain (due to our sin)! Cry on his shoulder and let Him wipe your tears.
David shares his experience with the Lord’s healing power in Psalm 30:5.
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
I wonder if, while writing this Psalm, David was remembering his time of grief in the loss of his friend, Jonathan – and how the Lord brought joy to him again at some point. Can you let Jesus bring you joy again? Have you grieved over loss(es) and later experienced this type of joy “in the morning”?
Back to our faithfulness story in Second Samuel today. Due to the Amalekite’s own admission of finishing off Saul while still alive after Saul purposely fell on his own sword, David ordered the soldier’s death. Why?
There are many accounts in scripture when David could have killed Saul and taken the throne (for which God had already anointed him). David wouldn’t do it. He waited for God’s timing in ending Saul’s reign as king before taking his rightful place on the throne.
David saw the Amalekite’s act of putting Saul out of his misery as sinful rather than an act of war. The fellow nearly acted like he wanted a medal for his “act of kindness”. But, David was faithful. No one takes the life of a king anointed by God.
Hmm… does this bring thoughts to your mind about putting a sick or dying person out of their misery? I hope you are never faced with that decision (nor me). You, friend, are anointed. You are , God’s chosen heir through faith in Jesus Christ. May we all remember that. May we all be faithful like David was faithful to the Lord.
David’s prayer of lament at the end of today’s chapter tells how Saul and Jonathan were mighty heroes. It is beautiful and poetic. Can you see the commonality between it and David’s many psalms?
Nothing is more calming to me than reading through The Book of Psalms, even the ones filled with some fear and turmoil. No matter the circumstances, David always included verses of God’s faithfulness. He gained strength to carry on in the worst of his seasons. Because God is faithful, and David counted on God, loved God, and was faithful to the Lord.
Thank you for joining me again today. I’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂
Because He lives~