For the past nine months, I have immersed myself in 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles as I studied and preached through the life of King David. As I wrap up the series, here are six lessons I have observed in his life and want to practice in my own.
- God chose David to be the king of Israel on the basis of his heart attitude at the time of his anointing (1 Samuel 13:14; 16:7).
- David’s success came when he trusted God (1 Samuel 17:45; 30:6). His failures came when he stopped trusting God and took matters into his own hands (1 Samuel 23; 29:1-30:6).
- David’s greatest failures always followed a period of great success and popularity.
- Each time David acknowledged his sin and truly repented, God forgave and restored him to fellowship with himself (2 Samuel 12:13; Psalm 51).
- Though forgiven, David still bore the natural consequences of his sins (2 Samuel 13-18).
- Because of his passion for God and his willingness to acknowledge and confess his sins, David is known as a man after God’s own heart. He becomes the standard by which all the kings of Israel and Judah are measured (1 Kings 15:11; 2 Kings 14:3; 2 Chronicles 29:2).