So the three mighty warriors broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the LORD. “Far be it from me, LORD, to do this!” he said. “Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?” And David would not drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty warriors.
2 Samuel 23:16-17
Do you remember King David’s Mighty Men? They were fearless in battle. Their feats are legendary.
The Bible records the exploits of the Mighty Men who gathered around King David. We are given vignettes of their adventures to memorialize them.
In a moment of nostalgia, while his force was under siege, David lamented about how he longed for some of the water from Bethlehem, his hometown. David’s enemy, the Philistines, were gathered there in strength.
Lesser men would have heard David’s lament and joined him in pining for the comforts of home. But there were extraordinary men present. Three of them placed their own lives in extreme peril to satisfy the thirst of their king.
When the three Mighty Men returned from breaking through the Philistine line and offered David the water he longed for, he could not drink it. David was so moved by their courage that he offered the water to the Lord. When David considered the risk they bore, he felt unworthy of their offering.
Today, on Memorial Day, we remember the Mighty Men and Women who gave their lives in battle for this country. As David poured out his water to God as a memorial to the blood of his Mighty Men, we join Americans across this land in lifting up prayers to God for our Mighty Men and Women.
We Honor Commitment
We pause today to honor the commitment of our fallen soldiers. Sacrifice begins with commitment: Commitment to our country, Commitment to the cause of freedom, Commitment to convictions.
We Honor Courage
Our freedom hangs upon a thread of courage. May the strength of our courage always rise in the face of danger.
We Honor Sacrifice
Our liberties are not only the result of Patriot Dreams, but of soldiers’ blood. Hallowed is the ground that receives the blood of freedom’s martyrs. Blessed are the people who live because of the sacrifice of others.
O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine!