Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Valiant! Like David (Part 25)
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David's love superseded the pettiness of lesser emotions, like anger, blame or unforgiveness.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 admit their weakness. 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!'
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.