2 Samuel 1:17-27
17 David sang a song of sadness about Saul and his son Jonathan. 18 He ordered that it be taught to the people of Judah. It is a song that is played on a stringed instrument. It is written down in the Book of Jashar. David sang, 19 “Israel, a gazelle lies dead on your hills. Your mighty men have fallen. 20 “Don’t announce it in Gath. Don’t tell it in the streets of Ashkelon. If you do, the daughters of the Philistines will be glad. The daughters of men who haven’t been circumcised will be joyful. 21 “Mountains of Gilboa, may no dew or rain fall on you. May no showers fall on your hillside fields. The shield of the mighty king wasn’t respected there. The shield of Saul lies there. It isn’t rubbed with oil anymore. 22 The bow of Jonathan didn’t turn back. The sword of Saul didn’t return without being satisfied. They spilled the blood of their enemies. They killed mighty men. 23 “When they lived, Saul and Jonathan were loved and respected. When they died, they were not parted. They were faster than eagles. They were stronger than lions. 24 “Daughters of Israel, mourn over Saul. He dressed you in the finest clothes. He decorated your clothes with ornaments of gold. 25 “Your mighty men have fallen in battle. Jonathan lies dead on your hills. 26 My brother Jonathan, I’m filled with sadness because of you. You were very special to me. Your love for me was wonderful. It was more wonderful than the love of women. 27 “Israel’s mighty men have fallen. Their weapons of war are broken.”
David writes a song to commemorate King Saul and his son Jonathan’s lives and the loss of them. Loss is part of life and grief is an appropriate response. Despite the history between Saul and David – this honouring of Saul in death is another reminder of David’s respect for God’s chosen King.
Given their history – David could have danced for joy that Saul – who caused him great pain and confusion – was no more – but he chooses to honour him. Wow – integrity. Whenever someone chooses God’s response over their own personal opinion formed by experience – God is honoured!
Lord – help me see with your eyes and your perspective – choosing honour over judgement and grace over revenge. Everyday I get to choose how I treat people. Don’t give up on me God – keep whispering to me Holy Spirit – so I can live and love the way you do.
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn