2 Samuel 1: 17-27
“I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan. You have been very pleasant to me; Your love to me was wonderful, surpassing the love of women” (2 Samuel 1: 26).
Sometimes, the trials and tough challenges that confront people make them sing songs of sorrow. Such occurrences are not uncommon, and stories are woven into such songs to trace the source and magnitude of the mishap. Other people find solace when they fall into such occurrences knowing that some other people have previously gone that way.
David lamented over the deaths of Saul and his three sons in one single battle. What made the situation worse was the fact that they were overcome by their enemies. “How the mighty have fallen and the weapons of war perished (2 Samuel 1:27). Equally important is the Song of Hezekiah recorded in Isaiah 38: 11-20. When king Hezekiah of Judah heard from prophet Isaiah that he was going to die, he immediately turned to God saying, “Indeed it was for my own peace that I had
great bitterness.” King David, who ruled before him, had also expressed the same sentiment. “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.” These songs are recorded in the form of poems.
How do you feel when circumstances around you are not so favourable? Talking to God in the form of a lament is the expression of a heartfelt sorrow, which only God can handle. At the end of it all – thanksgiving will burst forth from a heart that was once weighed down with sorrow. God can be trusted.
1. Thank You, O Lord, for turning my mourning into dancing.
2. May songs of thanksgiving emanate from the homes of Your children, O Lord.