Chapter 21 is devastating. Imagining this mother, Rizpah, fighting off wild animals in the night for the sake of her sons is heart breaking. Her actions inspire David to finally give Saul and Jonathan a proper burial. The LORD honors the recompense of these deaths for the crimes committed against the Gibeonites, but yikes.
Interestingly enough, the hail incident I referenced the other day was when Joshua defended the Gibeonites from five kings in the land in Joshua 10. The LORD seems to love these guys. Random timing on the famine, so many years later?
David’s beautiful song in 22 (restated in Psalm 18) interests me on the heels of this story.
“The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD, And have not acted wickedly against my God. For all His ordinances were before me, And as for His statutes, I did not depart from them. I was also blameless toward Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity. Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to my cleanness before His eyes. With the kind You show Yourself kind, With the blameless You show Yourself blameless;” (22:21-26)
It’s cute that David fancies himself blameless after the past 11 chapters of yuck. Then I remember: righteousness is always attained by faith. Amid all the murder and adultery David had faith. The evil he successfully avoided was turning to other gods. He always depended on the LORD for favor and success.
“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” (22:33)
There is grace enough for David, and grace enough for us, so long as we put our faith in the LORD, preferring His Way to our own.
He lights up our darkness. (22:29)
How are you putting your faith in Him today?