In the lament David is saying at least two important things about Saul and Jonathan:
- David honors Saul and Jonathan for their great might. Both were mighty warriors but used their might in different ways. Saul often used his military might to seek his own purposes above those of the people of Israel; and, ultimately, he used his might to seek David’s life. Jonathan, on the other hand, used his might to help David fulfill his role as Saul’s successor, God’s chosen king. So while Saul used his might in pride-temporal, Jonathan used his might in humility-eternal.
- David and Jonathan were trusted allies, but in the last 10 years of David’s life, Saul resisted God’s will for David to be king and tried to kill David. A Even so, David displays the sorrow that Israel and Judah should feel for losing their king. So David exhorts the daughters of Israel to weep over Saul and mourn his death. David’s lament displays a humility that each of us should strive for.
May we all strive for this humility in our own lives and live for Eternal things, not Temporal things! B
Henry Luke 6/8/2018
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