Grief expressed.

David was overwhelmed by the reality of the royal family’s destruction. Yet as in the case of the author of Lamentations, David’s agony works like a catalyst. His pain creates one of the most sensitive and moving expressions of mourning ever penned or uttered. Gordon praises the passage as “one of the finest specimens of Hebrew poetry in the Old Testament.” David’s words not only express his personal grief, but that of all Israel as well.

David’s public expression of grief over the deaths of Saul and Jonathan has been preserved in a poem, “The Song of the Bow” (1 Samuel 1:19–27). This “Song of the Bow” is part of a now-lost longer composition referred to by the historian as the Book of Jashar (Joshua 10:13). Part of this same poetic song was sung by Joshua on the occasion of the defeat of the Amorites (Joshua 10:12–13).

David “ordered that the men of Judah be taught this lament” (2 Samuel 1:18), perhaps because of its subject matter, since it paid tribute to Israel’s first royal family and dealt with the larger and ever-relevant issue of loved ones dying in war.

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About the Author:

Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 23 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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