It’s not the best of emotions to consider, but despair is a fairly heavy emotion. To feel it and express it says much about the condition that leads to it.
The king in question in this verse is Josiah. Of all the kings to be found in despair, he is one of the odd ones. Odd, because up until this point, he has been unwavering in his devotion to God and desire to see the people rid themselves of idols to serve the one true and living God who established them in the land.
So what would it be about the words of the Law that would leave him in such despair?
As you consider that, think about if there are words in the Book of Life that could lead you to despair? Before you answer quickly rushing to your favourite parts about blessing and joy, consider what lead Jesus to cry and then look at the world around you …
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden