Old Testament In a Year: May 16 – 2 Samuel 16, 17, 18

2 Samuel 16, 17, 18
Focus Verse: And the king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!” – 2 Samuel 18:33

When Saul, who was an archenemy of David, died, there was no rejoicing from David. He mourned. And now when Absalom, his son turned conspirator who tried to steal the kingdom from him, died, there was no rejoicing. Only grief and weeping. David often pleaded in prayer for God to deliver him from his enemies, and God always did, but David never rejoiced over their destruction.

Trust God to save you from those who seek to hurt you, but do as David did, and show concern for their souls. Your hate for an enemy should never be so great that you rejoice when they fall.

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