The world never seems to get it. David was a Good King. He desired to do what was right and lead as a brave but humble King. The Ammonites could not believe that, simply because they would never be that way. The result was pitiful. David sends men to Honor his rival upon his death. The Ammonites think them spies and humiliate them. David responds as would any warrior and prepares for attack, the ammonites respond by hiring back up mercenaries to fight their battle for them.
It is the contrast between righteousness and unrighteousness. The righteous respond with selfless and humble attitudes and the unrighteous with selfish and arrogant attitudes. As in David’s case, the righteous ultimately win out. Selfless humility always garners loyalty and respect; while selfish arrogance can’t even buy true loyalty.
We have to live for others and allow God to be our protector and provider. As we do, we develop the attitude David had. Respect and Humility are what is in our heart and what is displayed by our thoughts and words. That life will always produce victory in the truest and deepest sense.
God Bless You
Some time after this, King Nahash[a] of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun became king. 2 David said, “I am going to show loyalty to Hanun just as his father, Nahash, was always loyal to me.” So David sent ambassadors to express sympathy to Hanun about his father’s death.
But when David’s ambassadors arrived in the land of Ammon, 3 the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun, their master, “Do you really think these men are coming here to honor your father? No! David has sent them to spy out the city so they can come in and conquer it!” 4 So Hanun seized David’s ambassadors and shaved off half of each man’s beard, cut off their robes at the buttocks, and sent them back to David in shame…13 When Joab and his troops attacked, the Arameans began to run away. 14 And when the Ammonites saw the Arameans running, they ran from Abishai and retreated into the city. After the battle was over, Joab returned to Jerusalem.
15 The Arameans now realized that they were no match for Israel. So when they regrouped, 16 they were joined by additional Aramean troops summoned by Hadadezer from the other side of the Euphrates River.[b] These troops arrived at Helam under the command of Shobach, the commander of Hadadezer’s forces.
17 When David heard what was happening, he mobilized all Israel, crossed the Jordan River, and led the army to Helam. The Arameans positioned themselves in battle formation and fought against David. 18 But again the Arameans fled from the Israelites. This time David’s forces killed 700 charioteers and 40,000 foot soldiers,[c] including Shobach, the commander of their army. 19 When all the kings allied with Hadadezer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they surrendered to Israel and became their subjects. After that, the Arameans were afraid to help the Ammonites.