READ: 2 Samuel 1:1-3:5

BACKGROUND: This section deals with the aftermath of King Saul’s death and David’s appointment as King. It is interesting (and powerful) to see the way that David responds and the incredible respect that David has for the sovereignty and will of God. We kick things off with this situation: King Saul (who tried to kill David many times) and his son, Jonathan (David’s best friend) are dead. And David composes a song of lament in response to their death.

THINK: Sometimes pain and suffering are the central emotions of our hearts. We cannot avoid pain and suffering, but we can control how we respond to them. David’s reaction is to be honest and open about the pain rather than avoid it or pretend it isn’t there.

What is your response to heartbreak? Do you think David’s response is healthy? Why or why not? What thoughts and feelings go through you as David honors the evil king in death?

PRAY: Think of the pain and heartbreak you have experienced in your lifetime. Maybe that pain is a current reality. Though doing so may be difficult, spend time expressing your pain in a lament to God. See him attentively listening to you and reaching out to comfort you. What does it feel like to be comforted?

LIVE: Live knowing that God is loving enough to listen to you and big enough to care for you in your pain.

Adapted from Eugene Peterson in Solo

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