The king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And thus he said as he walked, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”
There is no definition that quite describes the nature of grief very well; many have tried and produced their own definitions, but grief affects everyone differently. As I write this I am reminded of when my own mum was promoted to Glory, to be with her Lord. As you may know yourself life never fully prepares you for such trauma; my mum’s passing changed life beyond anything I could imagine. On a plus side I know I will meet her again in the Gloryland.
Our text comes at the end of a heart rending story in David’s life, when his son Absalom had plotted and tried to replace him as king. If things had worked for him Absalom would have had his father killed. But things did not work well for Absalom, costing him the kingdom and his life. Yet here we see David mourning the death of his son, despite his wicked plans. In our verse we witness the deep grief of a father for his son. As I read this I was brought to think of our Father God’s grief for His Son as He died willingly on that cross at Calvary. As David knew that his son’s death had to be, so did Almighty God know that His Son’s death was the only way to bring redemption to humanity. We cannot begin to fathom the depths of grief of our Father God on that day.
Dear reader, as His children through the sacrifice at Calvary and the resurrection from garden tomb we are amazingly privileged. We have a small glimpse of His grief through our own experience of it in life. We also suffer the loss of dear ones who choose to desert Him, and leave His family. This has sadly been a recent experience for me. In any grief we can only follow the guidance of Peter:
“casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (1Peter 5:7). In this He hears our cries and will comfort us each day.
- Godly Warfare
- Psalm Sunday Recap – Gimel (119:17-24)
- Psalm Sunday (119:24)
- Missing His House
- Our Whitewashed World