How have the mighty fallen … I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; you have been a close friend to me. Your love to me was more wonderful than the love of women.2 Samuel 1:25-27 NASB
David gained fame as a mighty warrior. He also was a man of principle with deep feelings. This became clear after the deaths of Saul and Jonathan. Others thought he would be relieved. Instead, David wept openly. He expressed his feelings in a lament, which showed compassion for Jonathan, his friend, but also for Saul, the king who sought to take his life.
This lament became a central moment in King David, a drama with music written by Swiss composer Arthur Honegger. Born on this day in 1892, Honegger was chosen for this assignment because he had musical skills, but he also had a spiritual understanding.
He was raised in a home where spiritual things were important. He knew the Bible and had insights into David’s character. Honegger threw himself into the challenge, completing his composition in just two months.
In this drama, the key moment comes as David laments the death of Saul and Jonathan. Honegger’s music helps us appreciate how David put aside the horrible things Saul had done to him. This moment symbolized what made David so unique. We can see why God chose him to be king, for he was a man after His heart (Acts 13:22).
The Bible reminds us that God seeks people of principle who are fearless and compassionate, who boldly embrace every assignment. He seeks those who are ready to serve Him with their mind, soul, and emotions.
Father, I desire to serve You with my whole being, without reservation. Give me boldness and compassion. In Jesus’ name, amen.