Singing the Praises of Others

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Then David chanted with this lament over Saul and Jonathan his son, 18 and he told them to teach the sons of Judah the song of the bow; behold, it is written in the book of Jashar.

“Your beauty, O Israel, is slain on your high places! How have the mighty fallen!
“Tell it not in Gath, Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon,
Or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice, The daughters of the uncircumcised will exult.
“O mountains of Gilboa, Let not dew or rain be on you, nor fields of offerings;
For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.
“From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, The bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
And the sword of Saul did not return empty. “Saul and Jonathan, beloved and pleasant in their life,
And in their death they were not parted; They were swifter than eagles,
They were stronger than lions. “O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
Who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet, Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
“How have the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle!
Jonathan is slain on your high places. “I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was more wonderful
Than the love of women. “How have the mighty fallen, And the weapons of war perished!” 2 Samuel 1:17-27

David receives news of Saul and Jonathan’s death by an unknown Amalekite. And in response to the death of his closest friend Jonathan and Saul (who often was David’s enemy), David protects their legacy with a song. In it he ascribes to Saul the positive aspects of his character and the great love he and Jonathan had. What an amazing Christ-like thing to do.

How about me? Am I building others up (not with puffery), but looking for their giftedness, godliness, and praising that before others? I want to more and more. For people are a gift from God.

Lord Jesus, how in the world (and I mean ‘in the world’) did You do it? How could you walk with humility and yet still be who you are! No plaudits. You rejected popularity. Oh help me know that from You! I want to sing the praises of others!

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