How Have the Mighty Fallen

Text: II Samuel 1
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: March 22, 2009

Today we begin 2 Samuel which is really a continuation of 1 Samuel which had ended with Israel’s defeat and Saul’s death at the hands of the Philistines. 2 Samuel opens with David in Philistine territory (Ziklag) when he gets the news from the battle.

Instead of rejoicing over the death of his enemy, David mourns Saul’s death and honors the former king by composing a moving lament for him and his son Jonathan. In all this David shows himself to be a worthy leader of the LORD’s people. Rather than seizing the power through a coup, he waits for the LORD’s timing. David sets an example for us as he waits upon the LORD to exalt him and as he is gracious to his enemies.

If such a wonderful song can be composed to praise Saul and Jonathan, how much more gloriously should we sing the praises of King Jesus!

Posted on March 22nd, 2009 | Permalink