There came a day in Davids illustrious life when he wrote a song that he had no joy in singing! It was really a lament called the Song of the Bow and this composition eventually made it into the Book of Jasher, no longer extant. (2 Samuel 1:19-27)
Davids great enemy Saul, and his son Jonathan had fallen in battle to the Philistines and Davids heart wept for them. In this he certainly embodied the truth of Proverbs 24:17, Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles (ESV).
Someone has put it like this. To hate those who love you is Satanic, and to love those who love you is Human, but to love those who hate you is Divine
David takes up the lament:
“Your glory, O Israel, is slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen! Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult How the mighty have fallen and the weapons of war perished!
How sad it is when the enemies of Gods people can look among us and see defeat and failure in our midst! This was true in Corinth, It is actually (or commonly) reported that there is fornication among you and such fornication as is not even among the Gentiles (1 Cor 5:1). This brought great shame on the testimony. When we walk before the Lord may we be careful to remember our testimony before the world – they are watching. What a shame it is when you hear people say he calls himself a Christian but !
From this dirge we learn:
1. A lesson about Pleasure: Do not rejoice when your enemy falls
2. A lesson about Publishing: Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon.
3. A lesson about Pride: How the mighty have fallen How the mighty have fallen and the weapons of war perished