Posted by: everynation | June 10, 2011

Mourning Glory

By Pastor Brett Fuller

The occasion to write Ps 61 was the death of David’s son Absalom. He says in verse 1-2, “Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Abasolm had tried to steal the kingdom from his dad. Though he was an insurrectionist, a murderer (2Sam 13:28-29) and a traitor, he was still a son. None of his acts would rob him of the treasured status that would come from being born to David.

During a battle with David’s men, in which David instructed those under him to deal gently with his son (2Sam 18:5), Absalom is killed in defiance of the king’s order. When David hears of it, he mourns like any father would. Still, he mourns at such depth that it made the men under his charge afraid to re-enter Jerusalem for fear of David bringing retribution on those responsible for his boys death (2Sam 19:1-7). Thus, the penning of the 61st Psalm. David, being no longer able to mourn in public, takes his heavy heart to God and says, “Hear my cry…”.

Sometimes, no person can comfort us to the depth of our pain. However, it is good to know that when the deep place of our soul cries to the deep place in God, He is the one who invented comfort. So, talk to Him like you want to. Live right and live well…

Pastor Brett Fuller is the Senior pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia, which also has a location in downtown Washington, D.C. He currently serves as Chaplain of the Washington Redskins, Chaplain of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and President of the Nations of Coaches Ministry.

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