David’s army of Judah had just defeated an army of the other tribes of Israel in a civil war that Absalom led against David. David’s army prevailed and Absalom was killed in the fighting. When David heard the news of the victory and of Absalom’s death, he immediately went into mourning for his son: “So the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the people, for the people heard that day, ‘The king is grieving for his son.’” (vs. 2).
David let his own grief overcome not just his kingly responsibilities but even his gratitude to God for saving the nation.
Joab, King David’s friend and the commander of the army, rebuked David telling him that because he has covered his face with grief, he has covered with shame the faces of his loyal servants. So David listened to Joab and made peace with his men and began behaving as king: “Then the king arose and took his seat in the gate. And the people were all told, ‘Behold, the king is sitting in the gate.’ And all the people came before the king” (vs. 8).
Don’t let your difficulties dim your view of God’s plans and purposes because what seems like trouble to you may actually be the result of God’s loving care for you.