Read 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
1 After Saul’s death David came back from his victory over the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag for two days.
17 David sang this lament for Saul and his son Jonathan, 18and ordered ita to be taught to the people of Judah. (It is recorded in The Book of Jashar.)
19“On the hills of Israel our leaders are dead!
The bravest of our soldiers have fallen!
20Do not announce it in Gath or in the streets of Ashkelon.
Do not make the women of Philistia glad;
do not let the daughters of pagans rejoice.
21“May no rain or dew fall on Gilboa’s hills;
may its fields be always barren!
For the shields of the brave lie there in disgrace;
the shield of Saul is no longer polished with oil.
22Jonathan’s bow was deadly,
the sword of Saul was merciless,
striking down the mighty, killing the enemy.
23“Saul and Jonathan, so wonderful and dear;
together in life, together in death;
swifter than eagles, stronger than lions.
24“Women of Israel, mourn for Saul!
He clothed you in rich scarlet dresses
and adorned you with jewels and gold.
25“The brave soldiers have fallen,
they were killed in battle.
Jonathan lies dead in the hills.
26“I grieve for you, my brother Jonathan;
how dear you were to me!
How wonderful was your love for me,
better even than the love of women.
27“The brave soldiers have fallen,
their weapons abandoned and useless.”
The stories from 1 Samuel 17 through to 2 Samuel are some of the most intriguing in scripture. Battles, betrayals, secret messages. (Worth reading through if you have the time.)
2 Samuel begins after Saul and his three sons have been killed in battle. This means that it is time for David to ascend to the throne - as he takes his place he mourns Saul respectfully (even though Saul had attempted to kill him!)
Scripture teaches us that no leader is perfect. Even David has his glaring faults. In this reality we learn to give thanks to God for those who have helped us along the way. Give thanks to God for those who have made you who you are today.