Life Lessons from King David

29 May

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.

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. David’s greatest failures always followed a period of great success and popularity.
  4. Each time David acknowledged his sin and truly repented, God forgave and restored him to fellowship with himself (2 Samuel 12:13; Psalm 51).
  5. Though forgiven, David still bore the natural consequences of his sins (2 Samuel 13-18).
  6. 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).

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