The Christ of God’s choice never uses murder to gain or sustain power. David’s lament is published to proclaim this fact about David, as well as express his real grief. Saul died at the Lord’s hands, not his. David executes justice for Saul on his proclaimed murderer.
“And David said to him, ‘Your blood be on your head, for your own mouth has testified against you, saying, “I have killed the LORD’s anointed.”‘”
We have seen over and over David’s rock-solid trust in God’s sovereignty, both in taking care of David and in dealing with Saul – Even when the old king was seeking David’s life.
David trusted in the operating of God’s hand at work, better by far than his own, to take care of what was happening. To work for the good of His people, on a corporate and an individual level.
And this was not just head knowledge for David. Even as a strong conviction, David FELT.
His grieving for both Saul and Jonathan in the song is clear and evident.
David’s strong grasp of what it meant that the Lord anointed someone, the prince of Israel, meant that it affected him greatly when that person was killed. Even, as we have seen, even when that person had repeatedly tried to kill him.
And even though we have Jesus, God the Son, as the true and final fulfilment of the Lord’s anointed, the Lord’s Christ – We can ask ourselves:
Do we have such a trust in God’s sovereignty at work for His people as David had?
Even when some of God’s people themselves are mistreating us, even when we suffer ridicule and rejection and worse from brothers and sisters in the church – Do we holy to the same conviction David held to.
Even deeper, it is the witness and pattern that Jesus chose on a much bigger and terrible scale, a cup that dwarfed even what David went through.
As we read of God the Son in such agony that His sweat was like great drops of blood falling to the ground, as He prayed in the garden,
“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”
Are we following our King in this?
* Holy God,
Yours is the glory. Not ours.
Your will be done. Not ours.
Please help us to have the characteristics You look for, a humble heart, a contrite spirit and a reverent fear so that we tremble at Your word.
Please help us to follow Jesus as He submitted under the Father’s will.