David & Grief

November 12, 2023 Speaker: Tim Rice Series: 1 Samuel

Passage: 1 Samuel 31:1-4, 1 Samuel 31:8-10, 2 Samuel 1:17-27

Memory Verse for the Week: 2 Samuel 1:22-23 (ESV)

“From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles; they were stronger than lions.”

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INTRO: How would you respond to the deaths of your enemy and your best friend?

Why do we believe that death is common, yet not natural?

How does David’s response stand out from the world?

How can we be free from fear and death?


1. Worship the LORD, God Almighty as the Lord and Giver of life. Praise and adore Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for His power to conquer sin and death itself, overcoming all the cursed effects of the Fall.

2. How have you lived against God’s good design? Confess your sin and destructiveness to Jesus, asking Him to forgive you but also to heal you from the deadly consequences of sin.

3. Give thanks to Jesus for His death and resurrection on our behalf. Thank Him for the wonder of His work through death, to remove our guilt, and His work against death in His resurrection to give us eternal hope.

4. Who do you know that lives in fear? Pray for them, asking the Lord to give them hope in Christ, especially in His ability to turn death and violence on their head, harnessing them to accomplish the greatest good ever done.

5. Ask the Holy Spirit to bear in you His fruit of love and joy. Pray that He would work into you hope because of your inheritance in Christ,“imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded…”  1 Peter 1:4-5

Looking Back

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