What we get in this passage is a demonstration in the character of David of the Love and Justice of God. This passage goes on to describe how this disgraceful king attacks Israel and David and then David defeats him in justice, after attempting to show honor and love after the death of this rival nations king.
People can often hold one truth in their minds, but push out another truth in the process, which is why people are drawn to extremism. But the converted mind is able to hold divine truths in tension and understand, emphasize and teach others both the love and justice of God.
What this means for us realizing that God offer mercy to the world first, but if they refuse his mercy, he will give them justice. We all deserved God's justice for sin (and we need to understand that God is justified whenever he meets out wrath against the wicked) but we should praise him for his mercy and be ambassadors of that message of reconciliation to the world!
In Prayer Today:
Praise God for his justice and love today.