Good morning again. Our study today is from a little known O.T, event covering just three verses, 2 Sam. 2:5-7. I want to mention this event because we might see it as a surprise. Saul had, for some time, been seeking David’s life. God had blessed David to escape on every occasion. Now Saul is dead. The men of Jabesh-Gilead rescued the body of Saul from the Philistines (read 1 Sam. 31:7-13) and gave it a proper burial. Two things about David’s response to this are noteworthy.
- David appreciated the respect shown to Saul even though Saul was his enemy. For someone to be our enemy should not mean that we are their enemy. We are to pray for them and do good to them (Matt. 5:44; Rom. 12:20-21).
- David’s appreciation was shown through his stated prayer that the Lord would show kindness and truth to the men of Jabesh-Gilead. Our lesson is that, on every occasion of appreciation, it is appropriate for us to prayer for those to whom we are thankful. The greatest blessing that could be brought upon anyone would be for God to bless their lives to have kindness and find truth.
I pray that we all are as benevolent to our helpers and friends. Friends, let’s continue to have a gratitude attitude.
Mike Green, E-bulletin 5-12 David’s Appreciation To Jabesh-Gilead