"I will deal kindly with Hanun the son of Nahash, for his father dealt kindly with me” (v2). King David’s intentions were good. To honor the death of the king of the Ammonites, he sent his servants to visit Hanun, the new king. However, the Ammonites decided David’s men were there as spies and sent them away humiliated (beards shorn, half-naked). The result was war; the Ammonites and Syrians fought together against Israel, under Joab’s leadership. With God’s help, the Israelites won a great victory.
“Be strong … and may the Lord do what seems good to Him” (v13). With God, slander and humiliation are never the final word in our lives. He is our great defender and protector.