Saul’s son Jonathan was a skilled archer. Ironically, the defeat of the Israelites recorded in the last chapter of 1 Samuel, was because of the superior bowmanship of the Philistine army. David was Jonathan’s best friend, so when Jonathan was killed on Mount Gilboa, David didn’t erect a monument of stone, instead, he wrote what is known as “The Song of the Bow.” He wanted to honor his friend the best way he could by writing a song that would inspire Israel to better their archery skills and thus help them to become a stronger nation.
We will take a look at “The Song of the Bow” in today’s lesson in 2 Samuel. The song should inspire us all to learn from our defeats and to take action to see that they don’t happen to us again!