Today’s Reading – 2 Samuel 1-4
Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them. 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.
2 Samuel 1:1-12
The messenger probably knew that Saul had tried to kill David.
So, he thought that David would be pleased that Saul was dead.
The young man may have even expected David to reward him.
Instead, David punished him (can’t help but think this may have been the first person to say “Don’t kill the messenger”).
David did not like the way that Saul had behaved.
But David knew that God had chosen Saul as king.
So, David gave respect and honor to the king that the God had anointed.
In our lives, we may not always understand why God has done things.
We may not always like what God is doing.
For the matter, I have learned that not everyone is going to like their pastor.
The question for each of us in that moment is: Will we honor God?
It is possible to agree to disagree and honor God.
May we each learn to act as wisely as David.
Tomorrow’s Reading – Psalms 6, 8-10, 14, 16, 19, and 21