With Absalom dead, David’s kingdom needs to be rebuilt. He does not even have the time to mourn his son. David’s response helps us understand how God feels about people who reject Him. In Ezekiel 18:23 it says, “’Do you think that I like to see wicked people die?’ says the Sovereign Lord. ‘Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live.’” God loves everyone just like a good father loves all of His children, even those who cause Him pain.