These chapters make it apparent why many of the Psalms are constructed the way they are. David was a wartime king – there was trouble from surrounding nations as well as within the ranks of Israel. In addition to this, David’s life looks significantly different from the preceding years. His family life seems to be struggling and the issues related to his sin with Bathsheba and Uriah are taking their toll. The treachery of his son Absalom is lost on his father, and even his right hand commander has had enough of David’s sniveling. Dark days in the reign of David – and yet God prevails in his heart. Encouraging. Sad. Realistic.
Take instruction from what you see. We, too, are kings over our own parts of the world. David’s experiences can be helpful as we encounter our own trials within our own “kingdoms.”
2 Samuel 19:1-7
Then it was told Joab, “Behold, the king is weeping and mourns for Absalom.” The victory that day was turned to mourning for all the people, for the people heard it said that day, “The king is grieved for his son.” So the people went by stealth into the city that day, as people who are humiliated steal away when they flee in battle. The king covered his face and cried out with a loud voice, “O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!”
Then Joab came into the house to the king and said, “Today you have covered with shame the faces of all your servants, who today have saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters, the lives of your wives, and the lives of your concubines, by loving those who hate you, and by hating those who love you. For you have shown today that princes and servants are nothing to you; for I know this day that if Absalom were alive and all of us were dead today, then you would be pleased.
“Now therefore arise, go out and speak kindly to your servants, for I swear by the LORD, if you do not go out, surely not a man will pass the night with you, and this will be worse for you than all the evil that has come upon you from your youth until now.”