Then David composed a funeral song for Saul and Jonathan, and he commanded that it be taught to the people of Judah. – 2 Samuel 1:17
King Saul and Jonathan had been killed in battle against the Philistines. David received news of the event from the Amalekite, who killed off Saul to prevent the enemy from torturing him. David in turn had this man killed for slaying the LORD’s anointed, but he also composed a song for the loss of the nation’s leaders and had it taught to the people to commerate this tragic loss.
Saul was David’s enemy during their time on earth, yet David never viewed Saul as a real enemy. He treated like a father throughout his life. He time twice to kill Saul but refused because God handpicked Saul as king. David lamented the loss of Saul because he understood God’s grace to a point. He knew that rejoicing over the loss of one appointed by God would show arrogance and spit in the eye of God. We need to learn to have a heart of forgiveness like David. He could have rightfully killed Saul and been justified, but he showed him mercy and grace twice in his life. Saul on the other hand tried to kill David more than once and hunted him down like a dog. Who in your life needs mercy and grace? Who has wronged you and tried to ruin you, even though they may have been family? Follow David’s example and commerate them instead of retaliating against them. If they’ve passed on, then especially show them kindness by treating their descendants with love and mercy. We don’t wrestle agaisnt people. We are to love our enemies and do good to them that use us or abuse us. It’s hard, but we can do it.
Father, help me to be more loving and kind to all people, particularly those that would set out to do me harm. It’s not easy to always be loving and gracious because what people do to me does hurt. However, I turn over every person who has wronged me in the past into your hands and will allow you to repay, since vengeance is yours. Help me to bring love and grace to all. I want to be more like you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.