2 Samuel 18:19-33
"The king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept; and as he went, he said, 'O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!'" (2 Samuel 18:33). This is not how one would expect a victorious king to act. Yes, David's son Absalom has been killed in battle despite his father's orders, but Absalom had been in open rebellion against his father. Surely David would be relieved at the death of a would be usurper, and who would have blamed him? But David laments.
God would know how David felt. God's people have long been in open rebellion against their Creator, yet God remains steadfast in love and mercy. Indeed, God allowed the only Son to die for us, granting us salvation in the process. So while we might not fully expect David's response, God responds this way to us constantly. Now maybe it is time for us to respond in grace and peace to one another, to weep at the loss of community and to rejoice when we are blessed to share God's love. Then we, too, may know why David did what he did.
Prayer: Lord God, forgive our lack of concern for one another and help us to seek a community of grace in your name. Amen.