An Amalekite man came to David and gave him news of the death of Saul and Jonathan.  When questioned by David how he knew they were dead, the man claimed to have taken Saul’s life at his request.  Since Saul had been trying to kill David and his death meant David would now be king, the man was probably expecting to be considered a hero.  David did not have the same feeling about it.  “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.” (2 Samuel 1:14-15)  It is easy to be happy when something bad happens to someone who we consider an enemy, but that is not God’s will.  “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, lest the LORD see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him.” (Proverbs 24:17-18)

Today’s reading: 2 Samuel 1-4