September 19, 2019

What I read today;

Hebrews 10; John 15; Jeremiah 15; Psalm 49; 2 Samuel 1; Exodus 34

It can be hard to understand some people.  Those who hate for no reason.  Those who make decisions to do evil.  Those who want to argue every single point.

But trying to understand King David would probably make an army of Harvard Psychologists go crazy.

In 2 Samuel 1, he finds out that the man who’s been trying to kill him is dead.  What does he do?  David weeps!  He cries!  He writes a poem lamenting the death of Saul?!  What kind of person does that?  I know we say that we shouldn’t speak ill of the dead but seriously?

But that’s what Jesus talks about when he says that we should love our enemies.  David always loved Saul.  We know he especially loved Jonathan.  But he somehow was able to love Saul even though he was pursuing him.  David’s concern was for the greater good.  His interest was for the kingdom and the eternal salvation of Saul and the others around him.  That’s why when David had the chance to kill Saul, he didn’t do it.  I think in David’s heart, he always hoped that Saul would change his ways.  I wonder if David hoped that Saul would find his way back to God?  That’s why David left vengeance to God.

In our world, we like to punch back at people.  Someone says something we don’t like on Social Media we want to take a shot back.  But that’s not doing us any good.  Our lives become bitter and angry when we act in that way.

How much better would our world be if we followed David’s example?

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