David hears of Saul and Jonathan's death and immediately tears his clothes and puts ashes on his head. He grieves the death of the first king of Israel and his best friend. The future king was clearly heartbroken by the loss, and he acted upon it in a godly manner. If we are not careful, we can try to hide our grief or ignore it, but God tells us clearly that we are to grieve when we lose someone we love or when we lose something important to us. When death hits close to home, find a way to get that grief out. David wrote a song that would be a staple in Israel during his reign as king. He needed an outlet for his grief and found it in song writing. What do you do to get that kind of release? It should be something healthy and beneficial to those who hear or experience it. The goal, however, is not to impress others but to deal with the feelings of grief that can hold you hostage if you do not let them out. When the next tragedy comes your way respond with the grief that God fully expects you to have. As you mourn, remember that we who are in Christ can grieve differently for those that we love who are believers who leave this life for eternity! Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians not to grieve as those who have no hope. Let yourself grieve and glorify God with your response.

Help me, Lord, to grieve when tragedy hits my home or community. Help me to express that grief in ways that will give me release, help others, and bring glory to You.