Mourning for the King


Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were with him. And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. And David said to the young man who told him, “Where do you come from?” And he answered, “I am the son of a sojourner, an Amalekite.” David said to him, “How is it you were not afraid to put out your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” Then David called one of the young men and said, “Go, execute him.” And he struck him down so that he died. And David said to him, “Your blood be on your head, for your own mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the Lord’s anointed.’” II Samuel 1:11-15 ESV

Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.” Psalm 2:1-6 ESV


Many years ago a man named John F. Kennedy was the President of the United States. He was young and handsome, and many people loved him. One day when he was riding through Dallas, Texas in an open car he was shot and killed. Most of the American people were very shocked, sad, and upset about this. Even people who hadn’t voted for him and didn’t agree with him were sad when he was killed. The President of the United States represents the country, and if the president is killed, the whole country is sad as if part of the country has died too. People who were alive when this happened remembered for the rest of their lives exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the terrible news.

When David and his men heard that Saul had died, they were also very sad and upset. Even though Saul had been chasing and trying to kill David for a long time, and even though David knew that his time to be the king had come because of Saul’s death, David was still sad. Saul had been God’s anointed king, and he represented the people of Israel. When Saul died, part of Israel died as well, and it was right that David and his men should mourn for him. David even had the man who brought him the news put to death, because that man had boasted that he had killed Saul. David told him that he should have showed respect for God’s anointed king.

The anointed kings of Israel pointed ahead to God’s true anointed king, who is Jesus. Many people plotted against Jesus and put him to death, and when he died his followers were very sad. They felt as if all their hopes for what God would do through his Anointed One had died along with Jesus, and with these hopes a big part of them died too. But Jesus was able to do what no other king of Israel could do. He came back to life on the first Easter Sunday, and brought a new world of life and hope to his people. Because of Jesus, we are free from sin and death and have new life with God now and forever.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to be your Anointed King to save us and bring us into your kingdom. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.