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
“The Spirit Himself intercedes for us.”
The highest ideal of prayer is to have the Holy Spirit pray through us. He is in us to inspire our desires and longings, to quicken our minds and hearts, and giving us prayers, to pray them through us. A great deal has been said about “praying through,” and when it means to pray until we believe God, it is a most helpful and scriptural suggestion.
However, if we approach this subject of prayer from the Divine standpoint, it may be truly said that all effectual prayer is only that which the Holy Spirit prays through us.
In His praying through us He quickens and uses our individual powers of will, intellect, and affection. His action is just as natural as if it had all originated with and was carried on by ourselves, but He is the pray-er for we have yielded ourselves to Him by an act of the will in definite faith for His working.
Although His praying is as natural as our own would be, yet when He is the prayer, there is often the consciousness of a depth and power unutterable. These are God’s infinitely loving desires striving to find expression through finite and human channels. Beside, there will be the leading out in prayer for objects and persons that otherwise would have been neglected, and such spirit of prayer will come upon us just as there is need, and may sometimes even seem to be at the most unlikely time and place.
How limitless are the possibilities of prayer when we have such a mighty, loving Helper! How certain we may be of the answer when He breathes the prayer through us! What wonderful fellowship this kind of prayer gives! We can only realize His ideal for our prayer-life by abiding in Him and trusting Him moment by moment to pray through us with His own mighty intercessions. ~C. H .P.
Can it be that some souls are still in sins “retained” because you and I have shrunk from the travail of intercession?
Holy Father, attend to each us in the area of our sanctification without delay. We desperately admit to our need of being sanctified by your power and strength. We are weak, and we need you to strengthen us in our fight against the evil, even the evil within our own hearts. Our spirit cries out to you to make us holy as You are Holy. Our soul stands in need of Your power to control our thoughts and emotions so that they do not cause us harm. And our bodies look only to You for the courage to be broken, and denied it’s fleshly desires, so that our life may be cause to bring Your heart joy. In Your Gracious Name I pray, Amen.
Daily Spiritual Exercise
Identify one area of your life that is not sanctified before God and write it on sheet of paper. It may be a quick temper, or a relationship, or an unresolved conflict, or a marital concern, or some other area. Then determine one action you will do every day to correct and change that area of your life, and make every effort to do it. Finally, look at the sheet every morning and pray for God’s help in changing that one area of your life until it no longer exist, and then move on to the next area.
Published on Jan 7 @ 12:01 AM EDT
Thank you for these devotions, they are really appreciated!
Posted on Sat, Jan 7, 2023 @ 2:16 AM CST
Thank you for the reminder of the meaning of praying through, I sometimes let go too quickly .
Posted on Sat, Jan 7, 2023 @ 10:42 AM CST
I love the word and I’m so thankful that he makes intercession because he knows all
Posted on Sat, Jan 7, 2023 @ 11:49 AM CST