PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: 2 Samuel 1-2
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Saul and Jonathan — in life they were loved and admired.” (2 Samuel 1:23)
I struggled to find something in this reading that spoke to me.
But I was struck by how David remembers Saul in these words.
David may be overstating things when he says that Saul was loved and admired.
How could David say this, given how much stress Saul had caused him?
To me these words show how limited and biased our own perspectives are.
How David saw Saul, and how God saw Saul, are two different things.
God certainly loved Saul, but my sense is that God did not admire Saul’s ways.
God loved David too, but does God admire how David lived?
God loves us all, but also hates that which is selfish, sinful and bad in us.
Everyone seems to be a saint when they are remembered at funerals.
But God knows us as we really are, without any embellishments.
God may not admire us but does ‘speak well’ (eu-logos) to us.
Jesus is God’s eulogy (good word) to us; God remembers us through Jesus!
This is why we admire and love Jesus, because of his goodness and love to us.
Lord, I know there are things not to be admired in me. My perspective of myself – and others – is flawed. Thank you that your perspective of me – and others – is gracious from beginning to end.