2 Samuel 18:33 New King James Version David’s Mourning for Absalom 33 Then the king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept. And as he went, he said thus: “O my son Absalom—my son, my son Absalom—if only I had died in your place! O Absalom my son, my son!” 2 Samuel 19:1-3 New King James Version David Returns to Jerusalem 19 And Joab was told, “Behold, the king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.” 2 So the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the people. For the people heard it said that day, “The king is grieved for his son.” 3 And the people [a]stole back into the city that day, as people who are ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.
As the year comes to an end, and you take a look back at all your endeavors, make sure to identify the victories the Lord has given you and glorify God one more time.
More importantly, don’t let those victories turn into mourning as King David did. Don’t dwell too long on the past. Don’t regret the defeats. Through it, all, remember that God has fought many battles for you.
In the referenced passage, David had lost a son he loved so much and he struggled to get over it. This was the same son who usurped his throne, chased him away, and sought for his life in the wilderness to kill him. Then God showed up for David, fought this battle for him, and destroyed his son Absalom. It was a great victory that day.
Fast forward. Now we are in the king’s chamber, and David is holed up in a corner crying over his dead son and enemy. He leaves behind the palace countless sons and daughters, who in the form of soldiers, warriors, friends, and business partners, had staked their lives on the line for the sake of his kingdom.
It’s the same attitude we display sometimes when our friends start distancing themselves when our love relationships sink and careers reach a turning point. Every usurping Absalom in your life shell surely die. So, let them. Don’t mourn for too long.
See what God told the prophet, Samuel when he was crying over his close friend King Saul
How long are you going to weep over Saul seeing that I have rejected him?
So dear one, take heart and gloat in the victories that the Lord gives you, whether it’s a new house, whether it’s a new job, or a new beginning. Rejoice always, again I say, rejoice.
Rejoice in your sons and daughters, in your family and friends, those who are willing to fight for you. Let them enjoy the victories.
Lord, let my victories be victories indeed, and success be success indeed in Jesus' name I pray Amen.