Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
Valiant! Like David: Mourning
Saul and Jonathan were beloved and pleasant in their lives,
And in their death they were not divided;
They were swifter than eagles,
They were stronger than lions.
O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
Who clothed you in scarlet, with luxury;
Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle!
2 Samuel 1:23-25 (NKJV)
Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
1 Samuel 30:4 (NKJV)
Real men cry. If Jeremiah was the weeping prophet, then David was the weeping king. He lived big, fought hard, loved much and mourned deeply--even for Saul, who betrayed him. Because love 'Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things' (1 Corinthians 13:7).
David's love superseded the pettiness of lesser emotions, like anger, blame or unforgiveness. In this, David was a worthy predecessor of Jesus. Because 'Jesus wept' (John 11:35). He wept with the mourners of Lazarus. He 'Wept over' the city of Jerusalem (Luke 19:41).
God says there is a 'Time to mourn' (Ecclesiastes 3:4); to 'Weep with those who weep' (Romans 12:15). If we do, we will be blessed: 'Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh' (Luke 6:21); 'Your sorrow shall be turned into joy' (John 16:20). 'Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning' (Psalm 30:5).
Why do real men cry? Because their hearts are soft. Because they are strong enough to show true love. Because Jesus transforms them into His Image. 'I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God' (Jeremiah 24:7).
Actors, models and talent for Christ, the evidence of emotion is essential for your success; to reach an audience, you must touch its heart by revealing your own. If your heart is hard, invite the Heart Surgeon to give you a new one.
Even so, hardening of the arteries can creep its crust upon you--if you have a poor diet: a diet lacking in the nourishment of the Word of God. There is no substitute: not this devotion, nor your pastor's sermon. They may be supplements, but God's Word is a personal Dinner between you and Him.
'Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me' (Revelation 3:20). True mourning is evidence that you are eating well.
'Give us this day our daily Bread!'
## Valiant! Like David: Mourning (Part 25)
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2014 series called, Valiant Like David. In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.