Saturday, October 10, 2015

2 Samuel 1

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Samuel 1. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • The book of 2 Samuel continues the story of David's rise to the throne and covers his 40 year reign.
  • David and his men were visibly shaken over Saul and Jonathan's death.  Even though David had been on the run from Saul, he experienced genuine sorrow over his death.
  • The man who claimed to have killed Saul was lying (compare his story with the account in 1 Samuel 31:3-4).  As a result, David had him killed.
  • David, who was a talented musician, composed a lament in memory of Saul and Jonathan (David's closest friend).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Expressing our grief can help us deal with our sorrow.  Some consider expressing emotions to be a sign of weakness.  However, David was not ashamed to grieve openly.
  • A life of deception leads to disaster.  The man probably lied to gain some personal reward for killing David's rival.  However, David believed that only God could remove Saul from office.  It was God's job, not David nor this man's job.  
  • David had every reason to hate Saul, but chose not to.  Instead, he chose to look at the good Saul had done and to ignore the times when Saul had attacked him.  It takes courage to lay aside hatred and hurt and to respect the positive side of another person, especially an enemy.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Have you ever tried to hide your feelings in order to appear strong?  Is there any hurt or loss in your past that you never fully grieved?  Take time today to slow down, feel again, and grieve appropriately, taking it to God.
  • Think of one person who has hurt you deeply.  Rather than feeling hatred, take a minute to think about some of that person's good qualities and good deeds.  Thank God for them.  It may free you up to forgive them and to see them as they are, an imperfect person loved by God.