Recently I have become fascinated with King David. He’s one of the most famous people in the Bible and considered Israel’s greatest king. But besides the “David and Goliath” story I’ve heard over and over again in Sunday school…I never actually took the time to learn much more about him. 1st and 2nd Samuel and 1st Kings are the books of the bible that recount David’s life and story. After reading through them I was pretty amazed by his life.
Recap: What Did David Do? – The Accomplishments
King David reigned over Israel for nearly 40 years. He started from small beginnings as a lowly shepherd boy, and was anointed by the prophet Samuel to replace Saul as King of Israel.
As King of Israel, he was loved by the people, and was a strong military leader for the nation. During his reign, he unified Israel and established Jerusalem as the capital of his kingdom. He also moved the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, affirming Jerusalem as the capital and religious center.
But most importantly, he had a deep love for God. One of the more humorous verses regarding King David is where he is overjoyed and dancing (questionably naked) before the Lord in celebration and thanksgiving to God!
Sigh…what a guy. 🙂
So Exactly Why is He so Successful and Blessed?
My favorite verse regarding this comes from Acts 13:22;
Wooooooow. He did everything God told him to do. THAT’S what set David apart from everyone else.
What’s interesting is the first king of Israel, King Saul, also had blessing and favor on his life. But, like many before and after him, he became arrogant and stopped listening and obeying the word of God.
This is so sad to me. I’m like, “Jeez Saul, you blew it!”. You had it all. Saul had God’s favor, and was even anointed King of Israel. But then, it was all taken away.
God removed Saul from power, and anointed David the next King of Israel. God was searching for a man who was willing to follow and obey everything that was asked of him. And because of David’s obedience to God, he was favored by his people, had military success, and was extremely blessed.
2 Chronicles 16:9 says;
This tells me, God is still looking for people who are willing to do everything He tells them to do. I’ve found it starts small. God wants to know if you will obey him in even the small, everyday things. In the past year I have felt God asking me to give money to someone who had tried to take advantage of me. To trust in His provision when it seemed hopeless. Or simply to not short my hours at work when everyone else has gone home and “no one would know”.
Have you felt God’s nudge to do something in obedience? It can be hard and uncomfortable, but I think it’s safe to say that a life of obedience to God is better than a life of disobedience.
Like us, not everything in David’s life was pure and honorable. He was human, and therefore made mistakes. Stay tuned! Next week’s faith post is on David’s disobedience, and the grace of God that covers up all of our transgressions.
Over to you! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!