Truly, the death of Saul was a counter-intuitive event for David and for the Amalekite that brought news of Saul’s death. There is little doubt that the messenger thought he would be the bearer of great news. David’s nemesis and chief adversary was now gone and David could gain his throne…Isn’t that good news? Well for David, his heart was for Israel. As God’s anointed king, David was deeply saddened by the death of another anointed king. He was also saddened by the death of his friend Jonathan. Mostly, however, he was saddened that the Amalekite servant was glad to see Israel’s king killed.
It is sad to see things go bad. Even when we may benefit from another’s loss, our hearts, when focused on the Lord, can never rejoice when others pay a great price for it. David was not selfish or narcissistic. He truly mourned the death of Saul. David would now complete the mission, but, truth be told, David would have rather approached the throne as a welcome king, not a conquering one.
We need David’s heart. We should seek God. He should be our primary concern. As we do, the Lord deals with the circumstances that intervene. The way he protects and provides may be baffling to us, but as we trust him, the Lord makes clear that He is working His plan in our lives. We will have to trust God to keep His word. We can never underestimate God’s power, planning, or timing to address our needs and our lives. We must seek the Lord with our hearts and trust Him with our lives. If we will do that, God promises to make our paths straight, to restore and heal us, and to add all these other things to our lives–that seems like a fair trade to me!!! (Matt 6:33, Proverbs 3:5-6, 2 Chronicles 7:14)
God Bless You
After the death of Saul, David returned from striking down the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days. 2 On the third day, a man arrived from Saul’s camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground to pay him honor.
3 “Where have you come from?” David asked him.
He answered, “I have escaped from the Israelite camp.”
4 “What happened?” David asked. “Tell me.”
“The men fled from the battle,” he replied. “Many of them fell and died. And Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.”
5 Then David said to the young man who brought him the report, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”
6 “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa,” the young man said, “and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and their drivers in hot pursuit. 7 When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, ‘What can I do?’
8 “He asked me, ‘Who are you?’
“‘An Amalekite,’ I answered.
9 “Then he said to me, ‘Stand here by me and kill me! I’m in the throes of death, but I’m still alive.’
10 “So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord.”
11 Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them. 12 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.
13 David said to the young man who brought him the report, “Where are you from?”
“I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite,” he answered.
14 David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?”
15 Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died. 16 For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the Lord’s anointed.’”