but you gave your servant a place among those who eat at your table…. (2 Sa 19:28).
to the pure you show yourself pure… (Ps 18:26).
But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her…..(2 Sa 13:14).
But the thing David had done displeased the LORD…..(2 Sa 11:27).
And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet… (2 Sa 9:13).
David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan…(2 Sa 1:17–18).
I have had to train myself to be like David when someone has been like Saul to me. After all, I have to remember that I’ve been like Saul to others as well. Sadly, because of our sin that blinds us, many of us have taken up the kingship of Saul and spewed upon others our fears, insecurities, and pride. In doing so, we leave them fallen and wounded within the places of our heart that needs the most transformation.
You know, you can’t carry people along with you in the Kingdom towards the glories of Heaven when you keep crushing them in your heart.
To me, the thing that is so striking about David is his response once he finds out that Saul has died. Saul, the very man who was bent on destroying David and taking his life, dies in battle. After hearing this news, David doesn’t rally his men to throw a party, rejoicing over Saul’s destruction. No, he calls these men into a time of lament as they mourn together the death of Saul and his sons.
Ok, can we just all sit on that for a moment? Maybe it’s just me, but, gosh, how many times have I sat back in my sinful self and contemplated the downfall of a person? When I’m feeling really prideful I’ll even think about how much satisfaction I’ll get from their collapse.
Wow, yuck….just yuck.
When we sit back and think about how selfish that is of us it truly brings into perspective just how dark our hearts can be when we hold onto anger and resentment.
But what was it about David that we need for our lives today?
You and I need a transformed character that can only be formed in the loving hands of Jesus if we’re ever going to love and BLESS those who’ve hurt us. So that someday, maybe when they fall, we don’t rejoice, but we too lament.
Lord, we trust you. Thank you for these hardships. Help us, God, not to wish for the destruction of others. It’s such a terrible thing that we do. Instead, God, help us to pray for them and to entrust all things to you, in Jesus name, Amen.