The honour of God’s authority

The honour of God’s authority

I wish I could lay claim to this being one of my insights from the scriptures but I can’t. Nevertheless, this truth will build you up, as I have attempted to expand a bit more on the principle discussed in this article. This is a story about David’s attitude when he heard of Saul’s death

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 for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. (2 Samuel 1:11-12).

If you remember, it was out of pure jealousy, hatred, ungodliness and dishonour for God that Saul forced David away from his home, family and security and was unrepentant to the end. Saul repeatedly tried to kill David. Despite this, not only did David weep at Saul’s death but the scriptures reveal that David’s men wept also. Wait a minute, weren’t these the same men who had encouraged David to kill Saul when he had the opportunity?

So what happened here? It is simply that David had a respect for God’s established authority on earth and encouraged his men to do the same. There is no doubt that if we keep looking at this story from a modern-day perspective, we would say that David was more anointed than Saul. We know that God had departed from Saul at this stage. But, so great was David’s respect for God’s authority that he wept when Saul died. David referred to Saul as the Lord’s anointed and that is possibly the key to David’s reaction (2 Samuel 1:16). David held God’s name in honour and, in my opinion, this is one of the things that exemplifies him as a man after God’s own heart. David responded to Saul’s hatred with love.

It’s quite likely that David knew that God regretted making Saul king. All these factors would have been enough for David to rejoice when Saul died. After all, this was a time for a new beginning. But David and the men who were with him stopped to mourn Saul’s death. David’s men would have had cause to hate Saul because of the way he treated David. After all, these were the same men who had hung out with David when he was on the run, but they followed the example of their leader. He had found the time to instil in his men (through his influence), a respect for God’s authority.

David even went on to lament Saul’s death and write a song (1 Samuel 1:17-29). Nobody can doubt the sincerity of David’s sorrow. In this story, David showed the great love and generosity in his heart towards Saul. Essentially, David kept his heart from bitterness, even when Saul had kept trying to kill him. Indeed, love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). David knew that God was in control.

You might be moving in more power than your leader? So what? God judges the motives of the heart. To really assess ourselves (the scriptures do encourage us to assess ourselves whether we are still in the faith – 2 Corinthians 13:5), let’s truthfully answer one question. If we were David, how would we have reacted when we heard that Saul had died. If our response is not one of sadness and weeping, perhaps there is a prayer of our heart – Lord, make me more like you – to see things the way you see things and enable me to influence those around me to see things that way too (Amen).

So until I appear again in your inbox with more insight from the scriptures, stay blessed


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About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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