1. Do you hold grudges?
2. Do you retaliate at a slight opportunity to do so?
3. Do you seek revenge?
4. Do you rejoice at the misfortune, downfall, and death of some others you tagged ‘your enemies’?
When David heard that Saul and Jonathan died, contrary to the expectation of some others, he was very sad and disturbed. His best enemy and his best friend died the same day. The father was his best enemy, while the son was his best friend.
Was it a mixed feeling? He didn’t give much thought to the death of Jonathan, his best friend; Verse 19 of 2 Samuel, “The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen,” suggested that he gave much thoughts to the death of King Saul, the first king of Israel.
Saul had sought to kill David in the past, not because of his brave acts and mighty deeds, but because of the women’s praise he received. King Saul envied him! However, God speared his life. David too had an ample opportunity to kill Saul, but he did not.
A life that is to live happily and that is to be great in life would not seek the downfall of anybody. It is in seeking the greatness of others your greatness lies. David was seeking the greatness of King Saul. He was helping him to rid off the enemies of Israel. Even in death, he was still paying obeisance to him: David said in 2 Samuel 1:20, “Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.”
He told them not to spread the “bad news,” it wasn’t “good news” to him that his so called enemy died. David didn’t see anybody as his enemy. He didn’t hold anybody in the prison of his mind. How many people have you imprisoned in the cells of your heart today? You have to release them. You don’t need to clutter your heart with prisoners. The same place where creativity springs up; the same place where God communes with you. If it is full of prisoners, do you think God will become one of the prisoners when He wants to reveal the secrets of success to you?
That is the main reason David was called, “a man after God’s heart.” He imprisoned nobody in his heart, he held grudges with nobody, he didn’t seek to retaliate revenge or avenge anybody. He didn’t pay evil for evil, but good for evil. A good virtue lies in the heart of David – the same way he defended the sheep from the bear and the lion; he defended King Saul and the whole Israel from the lion of their lives, Goliath.
No wonder God chose him in King Saul’s stead. Let this heart that is in David, be in you, if you want to live happily and healthily with long life; and become very great in life.
Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.