His trials and temptations, he stood firm! Where do I start?
A slight build he was blessed with. The youngest son of Jesse of the tribe of Judah.
We may look at David’s earlier days. Too slight to be placed in any ‘formidable’ occupation, he watched Jesses’s sheep. Yet, God used this to train him, Amen
As we read, David was not royalty, being Loved of The LORD in his humility he was led to do things that at the time had no meaning or reason. We are all born with reason, it is for us to pray for guidance and direction.
There was a reason for his learning the harp… He used it to calm king Saul. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+16%3A14-23&version=CEV
King David was a devoted man of God. From a little shepherd boy, he became a king that was loved and hated by many. He was known as a man who loved his enemies and would never rise up against anyone who wanted to murder him. To learn about this great king of Israel, continue reading.
David’s birth date is unknown. Many people say that he was born before 970 B.C. David was the eighth and the youngest son of the man Jesse from the tribe of Judah. He was also a descendant of Ruth the Moabite. As a child, David was a shepherd in the little town of Israel, Bethlehem. He would care for his father’s sheep and protect them. If any beast came to attack or devour his father’s sheep, David would use his slingshot and kill it. One day while in a pasture tending his father’s sheep, the prophet Samuel anointed him as king while pouring oil on his head. David was anointed king because the temporary king, Saul, would always disobey God. But besides his job as a shepherd, he was very talented at playing the musical instrument, the harp. David’s talent was used one day when Saul felt that an evil spirit was bothering him. David’s music pleased King Saul, so Saul kept him in his service to play music for him. But besides his skill for tending sheep and his talent as a musician, he also contained courage. He is well known for killing he philistine giant, Goliath of Goth. After doing this extraordinary act, King Saul placed him as commander over the army of Israel. This was a highly great position. But David was so successful in battle that Saul became jealous and tried to murder him. David had many chances to kill Saul but he said he would never raise his hand against Gods anointed. Soon enough, King Saul and his son, Jonathon (a loved friend of David) was killed in a battle against the philistines. David was very sober and mourned deeply. After this, David became king. David and his men of 600 then captured the city, Jerusalem, and he became king over it and all Israel. But besides all of David’s victories and accomplishments, he had many weaknesses and downfalls. He had committed a very bad crime by killing a man and taking his wife, while God had blessed him with anything he desired. Because of this terrible crime that King David committed, God said that trouble would never leave his household. This crime resulted in the death of his two sons, Amnon and Absalom, and the rape of his daughter, Tamar. Eventually, King David grew old and had to stop fighting. David constantly felt cold and could not get warm. At this point, Adonijah, David’s oldest son declared his self, king. However, David had promised his wife, Bathsheba that her son, Solomon would be king after him. So, he told the prophets to go out in the streets and anoint Solomon to be the next king. He wanted everyone to see. David’s last words were for his son Solomon the new king. He told him to always follow God, obey him, and to repay everyone with kindness, even if they did him wrong. One of David’s accomplishments was the book that he wrote, included in the bible. It is the book of Psalms. It is a book that included words from his heart and words from God. King David died after 40 years as king in Israel. Loved and hated by many, he was buried in Jerusalem, which is called the City of David.
In conclusion, King David was a well-known king. When people rose up against him, he repaid them with kindness. He wrote the book of Psalms and he was a very talented musician. As a child he showed forth courage by killing the giant, Goliath. King David will always be remembered because of his courage, accomplishments, and his talents. He was a role model to everyone because we can learn from him to repay evil with good.
Every trial was for a reason! Saul though he sought to capture David and kill him was placed directly in David’s hands, yet he was moved by The Spirit not to lay a finger against The LORD’s annointed.
David has two opportunities to kill King Saul, and both times he refuses to kill his arch enemy or allow his men to do so. Why? These accounts reveal something we need to learn about anger, pride, revenge, humility, and submission to the Lord’s will. It contains some profound lessons taught against the background of the violence of the Late Bronze Age.
This is a long and complex lesson. If you’re teaching it, you might want to divide it into two lessons.
Chapter 23 closed with Saul coming very close to capturing David, only to be called away to defend Israelite cities against the marauding Philistines. Now Saul is back with an army 3,000 strong.
He has learned from his spies that David is hiding out in the Judean Desert in the rocky fortresses above the oasis of En Gedi or ‘Ein Gedi on the west bank of the Dead Sea. David’s men are in a rock formation known then as the Crags of the Wild Goats, a natural stronghold, honeycombed with caves, that is easy to defend against attackers.
The name “Ein Gedi” means “spring of the goat,” referring to the wild goats that populate this rugged area. Ein Gedi and its year-round stream is one of four major springs in this otherwise parched eastern portion of the Judean Desert. The area includes a steep cliff or escarpment that falls more than 2,000 feet (625 meters) from the plateau of the desert (at about 650 feet, or 200 meters, above sea level) to the Dead Sea (at 1,388 feet, or 423 meters, below sea level).
“[Saul] came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. 4 The men said, ‘This is the day the LORD spoke of when he said to you, “I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.”‘” (24:3-4a)
We have no record of such a prophecy prior to this, though it was obviously known to David’s men.
David’s band is completely silent as David stealthy creeps up to where Saul is probably now resting in the privacy and cool of the cave. Saul’s 3,000 men are outside; he is vulnerable.
“Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.” (24:4b)
David’s action has considerable significance. Taking a portion of the royal robe could have been interpreted in that time as a transfer of power from Saul to David. In addition, David’s action may have rendered Saul’s robe — Saul’s visible sign of kingship — non-compliant with requirements of the law by removing tassels from its corner (Numbers 14:38-39; Deuteronomy 22:12). That’s why David is “conscience-stricken,” since by voiding Saul’s claim to kingship in this way, he is moving against “the Lord’s anointed.” He has to explain this to his men, who are bent on killing Saul when they have this chance. Many of them are under Saul’s death sentence, just like David is. The temptation to kill Saul is almost overpowering.
“6 [David] said to his men, ‘The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.’7 With these words David rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.” (24:6-7)
If David had indeed killed Saul in the cave, he and his 600 men would have had to face Saul’s troops outside the cave. But these troops would have been leaderless — and many of them realized the validity of David’s claim to the throne. Probably David himself had led some of these troops when he had been one of Saul’s generals.
Could David have gotten away with killing Saul and claiming the throne? Probably. But David’s refusal to attack Saul isn’t based on strategic or even moral grounds. It is based on the profound respect that David has for Yahweh — the fear of the Lord. God, David reasons, has put Saul into the kingship. For David, rebellion against Saul is tantamount to rebellion against the Lord himself who has anointed Saul.
David waits to confront Saul until the king and his bodyguards are some distance away. Then he prostrates himself before the king. He waves a piece of the king’s robe, and indicates that he could have killed Saul except for his own conviction:
“I will not lift my hand against my master, because he is the LORD’s anointed.” (24:10)
David is not silent. He publicly accuses Saul of wronging him by trying to kill an innocent man, and calls upon Yahweh’s justice to prevail.
“May the LORD judge between you and me. And may the LORD avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. As the old saying goes,
‘From evildoers come evil deeds,’
so my hand will not touch you.” (24:12-13)
The point of the proverb he quotes is that, if David were an evil doer, Saul would have been long dead. David continues with heavy sarcasm:
“Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea?” (24:14)
The phrase “a dead dog” denotes self-abasement or self-disparagement, as in 2 Samuel 9:8 — an object of insignificance. The flea, too, is an image of insignificance, in the same way that a mustard seed is figurative of tininess. David says something similar in 26:20 when he takes Saul’s spear and water jug while he is sleeping. His point is that Saul is squandering vast national resources fielding an army of 3,000 men to hunt down someone who is no threat to him or to the kingdom — a loyal citizen. David closes his case with an appeal to God’s bar of justice.
“May the LORD be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.” (24:15)
Each moment was Known before it occured, yet The LORD simply observed the workings of his heart AND David was blessed for it!
Many may say “What David did with Bathsheba…” We serve LOVE! Amen. We are Known, better than we know ourselves! Case in point…
The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
“Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”
Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.”
After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.
On the seventh day the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, he wouldn’t listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.”
David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked.
“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”
Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.
His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!”
He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”
Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord Loved him!
We serve a beyond AWESOME God, indescribably holy, forgiving, a God of perfection – Amen. GLORY HALLELUJAH!!!
In closing, the challenge is to discover who is said here that The LORD Loved?!
God is Love! Is God proud of you?
He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he Loved. Psalm 47:4
because The LORD disciplines those He Loves, as a father the son he delights in.