David wrote a song to lament Saul and Jonathan and taught all the children of Judah.
2 Samuel 1:19–27 (NKJV)
19 “The beauty of Israel is slain on your high places!
How the mighty have fallen!
20 Tell it not in Gath,
Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon—
Lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,
Lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.
21 “O mountains of Gilboa,
Let there be no dew nor rain upon you,
Nor fields of offerings.
For the shield of the mighty is cast away there!
The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.
22 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.
23 “Saul and Jonathan were beloved and pleasant in their lives,
And in their death they were not divided;
They were swifter than eagles,
They were stronger than lions.
24 “O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
Who clothed you in scarlet, with luxury;
Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
25 “How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle!
Jonathan was slain in your high places.
26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
You have been very pleasant to me;
Your love to me was wonderful,
Surpassing the love of women.
27 “How the mighty have fallen,
And the weapons of war perished!”
Three times he denotes, “How the mighty have fallen….” David is perhaps mourning how the mighty king and his friend, Jonathan, have fallen to the enemy. However, he may also be lamenting the idea that if they could fall, so could he, the anointed next king. Take time to honor the fallen. Take time to mourn the loss of a loved one. Reflect on how life is short and uncertain. But do not live there. Move forward and trust God. And that is what we will see in our next blog.