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: Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“When thou hearest the sound of stirring in the tops of the mulberry trees, then thou shalt bestir thyself.”
2 Chronicles 12:14
The members of Christ's Church should be very prayerful, always seeking the unction of the Holy Spirit to rest upon their hearts, that the kingdom of Christ may come, and that His "will be done on earth, even as it is in heaven;" but there are times when God seems especially to favor Zion, such seasons ought to be to them like "the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees."
When we feel the stirrings of the Spirit, we ought then to be doubly prayerful, doubly earnest, wrestling in prayer more at the Throne of Grace than we have ever done in the past. Action should then be prompt and vigorous. The movement of the Holy Spirit in our hearts is an indication that the tide is flowing – now let us pull with all our strength for the shore. Oh how we should now long for Holy Ghost outpourings and Holy Ghost labors. My dear believer, there should be times within your own heart, "when you hear the sound of a stirring in the tops of the mulberry trees."
You avail yourself to a peculiar power when you pray at the leading of the Holy Spirit. It is in these prayers that Spirit of God gives you joy and gladness; the Scripture is open to you; the promises are applied; you walk in the light of God's favor. It is only when you feel this proverbial ‘stirring the mulberry trees’ or your heart that you have peculiar freedom and liberty in devotion, and more closeness of communion with Christ than ever before. Now, at such joyous periods when you hear the "sound of that ‘stirring’…," is the time to stir yourself to the Throne of prayer; now is the time to get rid of any evil habit, while God the Spirit helps your infirmities. Spread your sail; and remember the words of the old song that says:
"I can only spread the sail;
Thou! Thou! must breathe the auspicious gale."
Only be sure you have the sail up. Do not miss the gale for lack of preparation for it. Seek help of God, that you may be more earnest in duty when made stronger in faith; that you may be more constant in prayer when you have more liberty at the Throne; that you may be more holy in your conversation while you live more closely with Christ.
Dear Heavenly Father, I know in my heart that you have called me to spend precious time with you; to come back to you day after day. Please help me find the path to you. My heart longs to know that you’re with me. Open my ears and my eyes for signs of you. I want to feel the love and peace that comes from knowing you. I pray this in Jesus’s name. Amen.
Published on Jan 25 @ 12:40 AM EDT