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June 3 2018
2 Samuel 1:22-27; 2:1-7 (ESV)
Saul a shy and timid man was anointed by God as Israel’s first king. Pride crept in as his reign enjoyed great success. Victories mounted for Saul yet young David’s popularity grew more than Saul’s popularity. Saul was consumed with jealousy that evolved into hatred of David whom he perceived as his enemy. Saul’s disobedience to God had put him outside of God’s blessing and grace. Mentally unstable Saul was obsessed with trying to kill David or having him killed.
David may have feared for his life and he would have certainly been justified if he had retaliated. Instead he chose to respect Saul as God’s anointed one and refused to take Saul’s life even when he had the opportunity to do so on more than one occasion.
When David heard of Saul and Jonathan’s death by the Amalekite man David tore his clothes and mourned and fasted with his men (2 Sam. 1:11). Even though Saul showed himself to be an enemy David had the Amalekite man put to death because he had killed Saul God’s anointed.
David penned a lament or poem called “the song of the bow” (2 Sam. 2:17) honoring Saul and Jonathan. David could have told of Saul’s hatred toward him or how Saul tried to kill him or he could have bragged about when he had the opportunity to take Saul’s life but he chose not to do so. Instead he extolled their military victories and the true faithfulness of his best friend Jonathan.
After Saul’s death God led David up to Hebron where he was later anointed king of Judah (2 Sam. 2:1). He learned that the men of Jabesh-gilead from the northern tribes who were loyal to Saul had given him a proper burial. David blessed them for showing kindness to Saul and asked God to show loving kindness to them in return (2 Sam. 2:6).
What a tremendous example we have from the life of David who demonstrated respect for God’s leaders. We too must seek God’s counsel and leadership loving our enemies as God does and showing this in ways that honor God.