Key Word:- LOVE
Title:- The Song of The Son
2 Samuel 1:26 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.
Our verse today comes from the last lines of a song entitled ‘The Song of the Bow’. It was taught and well known throughout all of Judah as a lamentation of both King Saul and his son Jonathan. However, the title betrays its true focus and intent and that is the love of King David’s heart, Jonathan.
David loved Jonathan and found his love for him to be constant, costly, faithful and true. Jonathan which means ‘Jehovah has given’, was a brave and resourceful commander in the Kings army. Jonathan was steadfast and of fearful resolve, with incredible faith. For example, without anyone knowing and having only the help of his armour bearer, he attacked the oppressive Philistine garrison at Miscmash causing such a defeat to them, that it spread a panic throughout the whole Philistine occupying army. Israel was delivered.
Jonathan became bosom buddies with David after David had felled the giant, Goliath of Gath and to ratify this covenant of friendship Jonathan gave David his robe, sword, bow and belt and so it is written that: “The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” 1 Samuel 18:1
There is a picture here of the desire Christ has for His people, and the desire Christ wishes from His people. For those who can hear, this is a backing track to this ‘Song of the Bow, called the ‘Song of the Son’. Do you hear it?
Jonathan was the bravest of fighters and so when out of all the thousands of Israel he found a fighter braver than himself in David, Jonathan literally fell in love with Him! I am convinced that when we Jonathans meet King Jesus the giant slayer and listen to Him, listen to Him singing His songs of love over us, that we too will fall head over heels in love with Him. Jonathan stripped himself of his finery and his armour and gave them to David. Saul’s armour would not fit David, but Jonathan’s fit him perfectly. Do you see that? True love fits the Saviour perfectly well indeed.
May I say, “My son, the best you can do today is listen to the giant slayer, see Him, fall in love with Him, give Him your very all and follow Him in covenant love.” Jonathan pleased David more than any other man on Earth. Tell me today, how hot is your love for Jesus, the greater David? Dearest friend, please Jesus more than any other man on earth today and for the rest of your life.
Listen:- Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. KJV
Pray: -Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
O Thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honour,
Thou, my soul’s glory, joy and crown.
Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.
Fair is the sunshine,
Fairer still the moonlight,
And all the twinkling starry host;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heaven can boast.
All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly,
Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee;
None can be nearer, fairer or dearer,
Than Thou, my Saviour, art to me.
Beautiful Saviour! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honour, praise, adoration,
Now and forever more be Thine.
Translated from German by Joseph August Seis