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DAVID'S DEATH SONG.pdf

DAVID'S DEATH SONG.pdf

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BY CHARLES KINGSLEY


" And David spake onto the Lord the words of this song in the day
that the Lord had deliyered him oat of the hand of all his enemies,
and oat of the hand of Saal : And he said, The Lord is my rock,
and my fortress and my deliyerer ; the God of my rock ; in him
will I trust : he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my
high tower, and my refuge, my savioar; thou savest me from
violence/* — 2 Sam. zxii. 1-3.
BY CHARLES KINGSLEY


" And David spake onto the Lord the words of this song in the day
that the Lord had deliyered him oat of the hand of all his enemies,
and oat of the hand of Saal : And he said, The Lord is my rock,
and my fortress and my deliyerer ; the God of my rock ; in him
will I trust : he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my
high tower, and my refuge, my savioar; thou savest me from
violence/* — 2 Sam. zxii. 1-3.

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DAVID'S DEATH SOGBY CHARLES KIGSLEY" And David spake onto the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord had deliyered him oat of the hand of all his enemies, and oat of the hand of Saal : And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress and my deliyerer ; the God of my rock ; in him will I trust : he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savioar; thou savest me from violence/* — 2 Sam. zxii. 1-3. This is the death song of David ; the last words of the great man — ^warrior, statesman, king, poet, prophet. A man of many joys and many sorrows, many virtues, and many crimes ; but through them all, every inch a man* A man — heaped by God with every gift of body, and mind, and heart, and especially with strong and deep intense feeling. Right or wrong, he is never hard, never shallow, never light-minded. He is in earnest Whatever happens to him, for good or evil, goes to his heart, and fills his whole soul, till it comes out again in song. This it is which makes David the Psalmist This it is which makes the Psalter a text book still for every soldier or sailor, for all men who have human heart in them. This it is which will make his psalms live for ever. Because they are full of humanity, of the spirit of man, awakened and enlightened, and ennobled, by the Spirit of God. Looking through these ]^lma of David, one is struck David's Death Song. 1 1 3 with astonishment at their variety. At what is called the
 
versatility of his mind, that is, his ability to turn himself to every kind of subject, as it comes before him, and to sing of it — as man has never sung since. And one is the more astonished, when one remembers that many of the most beautiful of these FsaJms must have been written while David was still a very young man. Though we have them, of course, only in a translation — though many of the words and phrases in them are difficult, sometimes impossible to understand, though they were written in a kind of verse which would give our English ears no pleasure, and were set to a music so utterly different from our own, that it would not sound like music to us. Yet, with all these disadvantages, they are beautiful 83 they stand, they sink into the ear, and into the heart, as what they are, the words of one inspired by God, who found beauty in every sight which he beheld, in every event which happened, even in every sorrow and every struggle in his own soul, and could sing of each and all of them in words and thoughts fresh from God, the fountain of all beauty and all truth. But the peculiarity of David's psalms, after all, is from his intense faith in God. God is in all his thoughts. God is near him, guiding him, trying him, educating him, punishing him, sometimes he thinks for a moment, deserting him. But even then his mind is still full of God. It is God he wants, and the light of God's countenance, without which he cannot live, and leaving him in misery, and shame, and darkness, and out of the darkness he cries — My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me \ And, therefore, everything which happens to him shapes itself not into mere poetry, but into a prayer, or a hymn. It is this which has made Da^\A ?ot C^tv^VK^jcw^ ^x^'^ x U 1 1 4 David's Death Song.
 
as well as for Jews of old^ the great master and teacher of heart reUgion. In the early church, in the middle ages, as now. Catholic alike and Protestant, whosoever has feared Qod and sought after righteousness ; whoso- ever has known and sorrowed over the sinfulness and weakness of his own heart ; whosoever has believed that the Lord Qod was dealing with him as with a son, edu- eating him. chastening him, purifying him and teaching him, by the chances and changes of his mortal life ; who- soever, I say, has had any real taste of vital experimental religion — ^to David's Psalms he has gone, as to a treasure house, to find there his own feelings, his own doubts, his own joys, his own thoughts of God and His provi- dence — ^reflected as in a glass ; everything which he would say, said for him already, in words which will never be equalled on earth. There are psalms among them of bitter agony, cries as of a lost child, like tliat 6 th psalm — " Oh Lord, rebuke me not in Thine anger, neither chasten me in Thy hot displeasure," &c. And yet ending like that, with a sudden flash of faith, and hope, and joy, which is a peculiar mark of David's character, faith in Qod triumphing over all the chances and changes of mortal life. " The Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping. The Lord will receive my prayer, all mine enemies shall be confounded and sore vexed. They shall be turned back and put to shame." There are psalms again which are prayers for guidance and teaching like the 5th Psalm — " Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies : make thy way plain before my face.*' There are psalms, again, of atural Religion, such as the 8th and the 19th and the 29th, the words

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