2 Samuel 1:1-16
After the death of Saul, David returned from defeating the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days. On the third day a man arrived from Saul’s camp, with his clothes torn and with dust on his head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground to pay him honor.
“Where have you come from?” David asked him. He answered, “I have escaped from the Israelite camp.”
“What happened?” David asked. “Tell me.” He said, “The men fled from the battle. Many of them fell and died. And Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.”
Then David said to the young man who brought him the report, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”
“I happened to be on Mount Gilboa,” the young man said, “and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and riders almost upon him. When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, ‘What can I do?’
“He asked me, ‘Who are you?’ An Amalekite, I answered. Then he said to me, ‘Stand over me and kill me! I am in the throes of death, but I’m still alive.’ So I stood over 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.”
Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them. They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
David said to the young man who brought him the report, “Where are you from?” “I am the son of an alien, an Amalekite,” he answered.
David asked him, “Why were you not afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed?” Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died. 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.’ “
I am thankful for David’s respect and honor for Saul, God’s Anointed.
Saul hated David and hunted him mercilessly and it would have been natural for David to let that hatred seep into his own heart.
It would have been understandable for David to kill Saul in the wilderness when he was able to sneak up on him in his sleep. It would have been appropriate for David to celebrate when he learned of Saul’s death. It would have been expected for David to breathe a sigh of relief when he was told his life wasn’t in danger anymore.
It would have been unthinkable for David to mourn for his enemy. It would have been unfathomable for David to enforce justice on the man who essentially ended the death sentence on his head. But that’s just what he did.
David’s respect for the man God had chosen was more powerful than his need for revenge and vindication.
I can say with relative surety that that wouldn’t have been me. If I’d been running for my life and a man came and showed me proof that my pursuer was dead, I would have thrown a party and rewarded him with whatever he wanted.
David knew something I struggle to realize. David knew that when God enters the equation, you can’t solve it with human answers.
What divine equations are you trying to solve with human answers?