Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 1:17-27. David mourned over the death of Saul and Jonathan. David encouraged the people of Israel to teach the children to use the bow because of the recent events in Israel. He told them not to talk about the news in Gath or in the streets of Askelon. He didn’t want the Philistines to celebrate the loss of lives that had been taken.
He proclaimed that there would be now dew or rain on the mountains of Gilboa because of the loss of Saul’s life there.
David was distraught about the death of Jonathan and Saul. He was upset that Saul wasn’t regarded for the fact that he was anointed by God to be the head of Israel.
Jonathan was like a brother to David. David states that Jonathan’s love meant more to him than the love of women.
When we go through times of mourning it can take a while to get through the sorrow. The memories we have for those we love and care about are with us forever even though they are gone. We have to use the good memories and God’s comfort to get us through times of mourning.
I have lost many people that I cared deeply for in my life including both of my parents, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and most recently my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. Loss is never easy.
Grief hangs over our heads like a dark cloud that looms on a stormy day. It takes time to work through the grieving process. When you go through these times in life don’t be too hard on yourself. Seek comfort from God to carry you through these difficult times of life.
Daily Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 1:17-27
17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son:
18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)
19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!
20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.
21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil.
22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty.
23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.
24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.
25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.
26 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.
27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!
Things to think about:
- What was David mourning?
- What did David have to say about Saul?
- What did David say about Saul?
- What did David say about the mountains of Gilboa?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that David was grieving the loss of Saul and Jonathan, his best friend. We know that only You can comfort us when in our loss. Help us to turn to You in our times of need. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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