David had not yet been crowned king when he heard the news that both King Saul and his dearly beloved friend Jonathan had been killed in battle.
How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!
2 Samuel 1:27
David had not yet been crowned king when he heard the news that both King Saul and his dearly beloved friend Jonathan had been killed in battle. This news caught David totally by surprise and literally broke his heart. David had great respect and devotion for King Saul and was hoping that one day they would move past their difference and come together and serve the Lord in the spirit of unity. And his heart longed for the rich, godly fellowship he had experienced with Jonathan as iron sharpening iron. It’s no doubt that David loved Jonathan like a brother, and hearing of his death brought a very real and deeply felt grief to David’s heart. His friend was truly gone too soon.
My hope and prayers are that you are not experiencing the deep sorrow and pain that comes from the loss of a love one, but if you are hurting due to the loss of someone you love, please know that you are not alone in your sorrow. Isaiah 53:3 tells us that Jesus, our Savior and Lord “….was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” If we take a close look at 2 Samuel 1:22-26, we will see how David handled his grief, and in turn, learn a few things about how we should handle ours. The text says:
From the blood of the slain, From the fat of the mighty, The bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
And the sword of Saul did not return empty. 23 “Saul and Jonathan were beloved and pleasant in their lives, And in their death they were not divided; They were swifter than eagles,
They were stronger than lions. 24 “O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with luxury; who put ornaments of gold on your apparel. 25 “How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan was slain in your high places. II Samuel 1: 22-26
David did four things to help put his broken heart back together again:
- He cried. In 2 Samuel 1:11 we are simply told that David mourned and wept. David’s eyes became a faucet for him to release soul-cleansing tears. Tears ran down his checks, dropped off his chin and fell to the earth. The same earth that Saul and Jonathan have now returned.
- He honored them. In verse 17, we find that David poured out his heart before the people with a song of lament that spoke about their beauty and their courage. Find ways that uniquely celebrate the memory of your love one and write it down as a memorial to them.
- He trusted in the Will of God. Three times in this passage (verses 19,25, and 27) David calls Saul and Jonathan ‘mighty’. David recognized that, though both men were uniquely flawed, they were loved and anointed by God. David turned his thoughts to the truth that God saw something wonderful in both these men and offered to them the leadership over His people.
- He took comfort that they were finally at rest. In verse 27, we can almost feel a sigh of relief that Saul and Jonathan’s days of battle are now over. David rested in the knowledge that God had called them off the battlefield, never to study war again.
Our loved ones may have gone on before us, but let us remember that we, too, are soldiers in the army of the Lord. Let us keep marching on toward victory until the day we hear our Commander in Chief say, “Come up here, servant of God, well done!”
Published on Jan 31 @ 3:17 AM EDT
Author: L.B. Cowman, Compiler
“The LORD made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts. . . Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron. . . And the LORD changed the wind toa very strong west wind, which caught up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea. Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt.”
Exodus 10:13, 16, 19
In these verses, we see how in ancient times, when the Lord fought for Israel against the cruel Pharaoh, it was stormy winds that won their deliverance. And again later, in the greatest display of His power, God struck the final blow to the proud defiance of Egypt with stormy winds. Yet at first, it seemed that a strange and almost cruel thing was happening to Israel. They were hemmed in by a multitude of dangers: in front, a raging sea defied them; on either side, mountains cut off any hope of escape; and above them, a hurricane seemed to blow. It was as if the first deliverance had come only to hand them over to a more certain death. “The Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD” (Exodus 14:10).
Only when it seemed they were trapped by the enemy did the glorious triumph come. The stormy wind blew forward, beating back the waves. The vast multitude of Israelites marched ahead along the path of the deep-sea floor—a path covered with God’s protecting love. On either side were clear walls of water, glowing in the light of the glory of the Lord, and high above them roared the thunder of the storm. And so, it continued on through the night, until at dawn the next day, as the last of the Israelites set foot on shore, the work of the stormy wind was done.
Then Israel sang a song to the Lord of how the stormy wind fulfilled His word: “The enemy boasted, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils.’ But you blew with your breath, and the sea covered them. They sank like lead in the mighty waters” (Exodus 15:9–10).
Someday, through His great mercy, we too will stand on “a sea of glass,” holding “harps given [to us] by God.” Then we will sing “the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: ‘Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations’” (Revelation 15:2–3). Then we will know how the stormy winds have won our deliverance.
Today only questions surround your great sorrow, but then you will see how the threatening enemy was actually swept away during your stormy night of fear and grief.
Today you see only your loss, but then you will see how God used it to break the evil chains that had begun to restrain you.
Today you cower at the howling wind and the roaring thunder, but then you will see how they beat back the waves of destruction and opened your way to the peaceful Land of Promise. MARK GUY PEARSE
Though winds are wild,
And the gale unleashed,
My trusting heart still sings.
I know that they mean no harm to me,
He rides upon their wings.
Mrs. L.B. Cowman
Thank you, Father, for fighting for me. When I am in the thickest battle, calm my heart to experience no fear. Remind me that you are in the battle beside me and fighting on my behalf. I lean upon you Lord to fight the battles that rage both within me and around me. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Published on Jan 20 @ 12:28 AM EDT
I’m so glad He fights for us and knows what’s best for us! Help us to always remember this.
In Jesus’ name,
Posted on Fri, Jan 20, 2023 @ 2:29 AM CST
Vision: I’m standing as a little girl in a dark place and there are fiery darts coming towards me. But standing between me and the darts is a man holding a shield blocking every dart with one hand while handing me flowers with the other saying, “I got you Melissa”. I created a picture of this vision with Adobe and posted it on my wall as a reminder. Using the song “There’s no fire ?? that can burn me, No battle can turn me, No mountain ??? can stop me cause you hold my hand”.
Posted on Fri, Jan 20, 2023 @ 3:34 AM CST
We must call on God to fight all of our battles and he will calm our heart and fears.
Posted on Fri, Jan 20, 2023 @ 8:55 AM CST
To God Be The Glory! What a Profound Testimony! A Blessing of Hope , Trusting God to be with us when life happens and all we can do is call on Him! We have his Word and Promises that he Is A Presence Help for those that call upon Him! ????????
Posted on Fri, Jan 20, 2023 @ 8:59 AM CST
Awesome word for today! Thank you for reminding us, who's fighting our battles...God Almighty!
Posted on Fri, Jan 20, 2023 @ 12:23 PM CST
GOT HIT Hard in last 9days of FAST, Fighting this UNKNOWN - BACK & FORTH TO Dr, Urgent CARE & No ENERGY or Strength, as I got in Prayer morning, typing in PRAY Pastor & NLC fam as UnRestricted Praize. Finally diagnosed w COVID?! OMG, What GOD?!! THOUGH EVERYTHING IN ME NEED & want to GO, BE in Final Sunday of the FAST, I can't NOT EVEN the NIGHT of Worship. NEW LIFE FAMILY & Friends, THANK YOU FOR Praying & Please keeping me Lifted!
Thank you, Father, for Your WORD in Isaiah 40:29: POWER To the Faint, STRENGTH to THOSE - (Me JESUS) Who Have NO Might!! ohhh Help Me God! I SO Need this right Now... "He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength." HALLELUJAH
Thank you That your Strength is made Perfect in this weakest season, 2 Corinthians 12:9 and truly experiencing what in my body right now what You said, “My Grace is all you need. My Power works best in Weakness.” Ok God, I'm saying It over & over outloud, I Believe It AND Receive Because You SAID it!
Felt Alone & helpless you reminded me that you Love me & ARE RIGHT HERE WITH me fighting FOR ME! Ohhhh Thank You Abba Daddy, feeling Sooo weak, tired, Unable to take care of myself... I'm laying my head in your lap right now Father Trusting in as I Fight for Strength AND lean upon you Lord to fight the battles that are Overwhelming & Too much for me both within me and around me. In Jesus Name, Amen
Posted on Sun, Jan 29, 2023 @ 1:10 AM CST