Friday, July 08, 2005

Searching for the Joy - 21

2Sa 1:20 - "Give no news of it in Gath, let it not be said in the streets of Ashkelon; or the daughters of the Philistines will be glad, the daughters of men without circumcision will be uplifted in joy."

David is grieving after the death of Saul. In the passage, that is part of the song he composed after Saul’s death, he is asking the listener not to tell their enemies that the king is dead or else they will have cause to rejoice.

Where’s the joy?
I’m just overwhelmed by David’s compassion. Saul had hunted David and tried on numerous occasions to kill him. David knew that he was next in line for the throne and yet he is deeply sorrowful at Saul’s death. In spite of everything it seems David truly loved Saul. Oh that I could learn to love like that.


Dave King said...

It's sad that there was no one to lament David's passing the way he lamented for Johnathan and Saul.

- Peace

Richard said...

King David was a great king who loved God deeply and yet when he died, his sons were killing each other to get the throne.

Someone pointed out that King David, despite his love for God, was still a lousy a father. While having seventy wives may be the stuff of teen-age pipe dreams, I can't help but think that I have received more marital happiness than he did.

I wonder if his lack of attention to his family had anything to do with no one lamenting his passing. Perhaps I need to be more thankful for the family Our Lord has blessed me with when I'm mowing the lawn or doing the dishes or dealing with screaming children or pouring yet another glass of milk.