2 Samuel 1:1-16
1 After the death of Saul, David returned from striking down the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days. 2 On the third day a man arrived from Saul’s camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground to pay him honor. 3 “Where have you come from?” David asked him. He answered, “I have escaped from the Israelite camp.” 4 “What happened?” David asked. “Tell me.” “The men fled from the battle,” he replied. “Many of them fell and died. And Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.” 5 Then David said to the young man who brought him the report, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?” 6 “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa,” the young man said, “and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and their drivers in hot pursuit. 7 When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, ‘What can I do?’ 8 “He asked me, ‘Who are you?’ “‘An Amalekite,’ I answered. 9 “Then he said to me, ‘Stand here by me and kill me! I’m in the throes of death, but I’m still alive.’ 10 “So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord.” 11 Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them. 12 They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the Lord and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 13 David said to the young man who brought him the report, “Where are you from?” “I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite,” he answered. 14 David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” 15 Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died. 16 For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the Lord’s anointed.’”
What a climax to the tension between King Saul and David!
This passage of scripture is full of unexpected events. Firstly, Saul determines his own end, unable to go on with life. Secondly, the Amalakite murderer goes to David with the news of Saul’s death (recognising David as the future leader). Thirdly, David mourns for Saul – I expect if I were in David’s place I would have felt relief at the very least.
Of the 3 men, only David acknowledges God’s authority and wisdom in the situation. By God’s authority, Saul was made king, therefore it was not for David or anyone else to usurp that place. Even when Saul failed to act as a king and leader, or had evil intentions towards David, he still ruled by God’s authority or will.
I guess it’s trite to say God’s will doesn’t always align with mine. How does this affect my relationship with him? Do I ignore his will and just proceed along the course I choose? Do I challenge his authority over my life? My response should be to bring these issues and situations to him, rather than pretend they don’t exist. A deep relationship works through problems, rather that glossing over them. If God is in charge of my life, it’s an all or nothing situation.
Like David, the only way ahead is to be filled with the Holy Spirit, which is when I will thrive in God’s will for me, not strain against it. Being in his will for my life is where I’m meant to be.
I love being in step with you Heavenly Father, but it’s not always the case I know. Fill me with your Spirit so I can live under your authority. You are my Lord. Amen.
Written by Claire Moore