As I begin reading 2 Samuel, I am amazed by the unique love of God. As the scene opens in this book, King Saul has died but the oddness comes from David’s response to the death of his violent enemy who was the LORD’S Anointed. It is strange how broken David and his men are over this news.
I contribute this to God choosing a man after His own heart. In other words, David responds like God does to his enemies. I might also add that David’s men are following his heart and in turn are following God’s heart. This was a good observation for me to see. Those whom God has given us to lead can and will model our hearts. Therefore, we need to pay particular attention to our own.
As I ponder this, I can’t help but think of how the Lord responded to me when I was His enemy. He loved me by sending/giving His only Son that if I believe in him I will have eternal life. It is one thing to avoid your enemies so as not to quarrel with them. It is something unique to purse your enemies and reconcile them to yourself through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the unique love of God on display here in 2 Samuel through His servant David and a looking forward to David’s greater Son!
When we think of God’s unique love towards man, we must acknowledge that all are enemies of God. I can’t imagine what that is like but I also cannot imagine the perfect love within the Trinity that has never been anything but full and complete. The trinitarian nature of God is essential to understand the love of of God. All other concepts of god do not have this unique and fundamental love as we see displayed through David, a man after God’s own heart. Wow!