2021-10-17: The Life of David — David Hears of Saul’s Death

Sermon Audio: David Hears of Saul’s Death
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: II Samuel 1:1-16
Duration: 26:36
Size: 18.2 MB

The Life of David
David Hears of Saul’s Death
II Samuel 1:1-16

The end of First Samuel describes the death of King Saul. The beginning of Second Samuel describes David hearing of Saul’s death.

David was another person whose life was dramatically changed by the news of a death.

As we begin to learn about the reign of King David in 2 Samuel, we are led to believe that God’s king will at last rule over God’s people in God’s way.

I. The Problem with Telling Lies (II Samuel 1:1-10)
He knew that the Philistines had an overwhelmingly powerful force, and that the Israelites were facing a formidable and powerful enemy.

He embellished his story by saying that he had killed Saul, thinking that David would be pleased and reward his action.

II. The Appropriateness of Expressing Grief (II Samuel 1:11-12)
Some may think that David would have been glad to see Jonathan dead, because that would erase any opposition to David acceding to Israel’s throne.

We live in a world that is hostile to God and the people of God, and true shepherds and believers grieve for the people of God who suffer at the hands of God’s enemies.

III. The Necessity of Having Fear (II Samuel 1:13-16)
There is such a thing as a healthy fear, a godly fear, a fear that preserves us from sinning.

Do I always tell the truth?
Do I express grief over the loss of others?
Do I have a godly fear of displeasing my heavenly Father?