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Have you ever heard of king David? Did you know that Jesus Christ was
a descendant of David? This is the story of David and many things
that happened in his life. The people of Israel wanted a king, so
even though God wasn't very happy about it, because God is the only
REAL king, he allowed Israel to have one. The first king of Israel
was named Saul, and Saul didn't obey all that God told him to do, so
God took the kingdom away from him and sent the prophet Samuel to
look for another king.
God sent Samuel to a man named Jesse, who lived in Bethlehem. God
said, I have chosen me a king from Jesse's sons. Samuel was sure he
knew which one of Jesse's many sons would be the next king when he
first saw them, but Samuel was wrong, judging by their appearances,
because God doesn't care what people look like, He cares what's in
their heart. Seven of Jesse's sons met Samuel but none of them were
the one God wanted to be the next king.
Samuel asked Jesse if these were all of his sons. Jesse said, No,
there's also David, my youngest, out in the field. David was a
shepherd and he spent much time playing his harp out in the field and
singing songs, which back then were called psalms, to God. When
Samuel met David, God told Samuel that this would be the next king of
Israel, so, Samuel told David and the Spirit of God was with him from
that day on. David wasn't old enough to rule Israel yet, so he
remained at home and sang to God and played his harp in the fields
and took care of the sheep.
After a while, Saul was very cross all the time because he didn't
have the Spirit of God anymore. In fact, at times, God sent an evil
spirit upon Saul. His servants told him that he should find someone
who could play the harp and that might make him feel better. One of
Saul's servants knew that David played the harp so David was brought
to Saul. Saul loved David and every time a bad spirit came to Saul
and he was feeling low, David would play his harp for him, and Saul
would feel better again.
One day the Philistines gathered their army together again and lined
up on top of a mountain to fight against Israel. David's three oldest
brothers were there with Saul, because they were soldiers. So, Jesse
sent David to take food to his brothers and find out how they were
When David got there, he saw a giant Philistine soldier shouting to
the men of Israel from the top of the mountain. He had a brass helmet
on and heavy metal armor. He carried a spear in one hand and a shield
in the other. His name was Goliath and he was almost 10 feet tall!
The Philistines thought of Goliath as their hero. Goliath shouted,
Send a man to fight with me and if he kills me, the Philistines will
be your slaves, but if I kill him, the people of Israel will be our
slaves. Saul and the men of Israel were all frightened, but David
David said, I'll fight this Philistine for the army of God! Saul told
David that he was just a boy and couldn't beat Goliath. But David
told Saul that one time, when he was tending the sheep, he killed a
lion and a bear that were after the sheep. David believed that God
would keep him safe, just as He kept him safe from the lion.
Saul put a helmet and armor on David, but they were so big and clumsy
that David took them off and said, I don't need these, God will
protect me. So David took his staff, and chose five smooth stones out
of the brook. He put the stones in his sack, took his sling in his
hand and headed for the top of the mountain where Goliath stood.
Goliath made fun of David and asked, Am I a dog, that you are coming
at me with sticks? Come closer and I'll feed you to the birds and the
animals to eat. David said, You come at me with a sword, a spear and
a shield, but I come to you in the name of God! Today, the Lord will
help me take off your head and the rest of the Philistines will be
eaten by the birds and the animals. Then everyone on earth will know
that God is in Israel!
When Goliath came forward, David took a stone out of his sack, put it
in his sling and hurled it at the giant Goliath. The stone sank into
Goliath's forehead and he fell to the ground on his face. Then David
stepped up on top of Goliath and took Goliath's own sword and killed
him with it and then cut off Goliath's head. When the other
Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they were terrified. Many
of them were killed and the rest of them ran for their lives.
Saul put David in charge of the army and all the people of Israel
grew to love David. Saul's son Jonathan and David became best
friends, and Jonathan loved David very much. They made a promise
("The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed
for ever.") that they would be best friends forever.
But soon Saul became angry because he heard the people of Israel
singing that Saul had killed thousands but David had killed tens of
thousands! So Saul's bad spirit came back and he wanted to kill
David! Another reason Saul wanted David to die was because he knew
that the Lord had anointed David king, and Saul wanted Jonathan to be
heir to his throne. Jonathan begged Saul not to kill him, because he
had done great things for Saul and for Israel, and Saul listened to
Jonathan and changed his mind about killing David ... for a little
Soon after, there was war again with the Philistines, so David went
out with the men of Israel and won again, killing many more of the
Philistines, and many more ran away. Saul became angry once again. He
was so jealous of David that his bad spirit came back again. David
was playing his harp for Saul one day and Saul threw his spear at
David because he wanted to kill him, but David got away. David told
Jonathan all about it.
David was supposed to be at a special dinner at Saul's house the next
night, so David and Jonathan came up with a plan. David said, I'll
hide in the field and if your dad says good things about me, shoot an
arrow a short way and I'll know to stay. But if he still wants to
kill me, shoot the arrow very far, and I'll know to run for my life.
They planned to meet in a secret place to say good-bye if they had
to. When David saw Jonathan's arrow fly very far, he ran to the place
to meet Jonathan. They were both very sad to say good-bye to each
other because they swore they would be best friends forever.
David went from place to place, hiding from Saul. He took the sword
with him that belonged to Goliath and many people who liked David,
decided to help him fight against people who didn't believe in God,
instead of helping Saul. Saul and his people searched for David over
and over again, hoping they could find him and kill him. David and
his people lived in a cave, hiding from Saul. Jonathan found David
and warned him that Saul was still searching to kill him.
One day when Saul and his people were going home from another battle
with the Philistines, they rested in the very same cave that David
was in, but they didn't know David and his people were there. God
told David that He would bring Saul to him and that David could do
whatever he thought was best to Saul. David's people wanted him to
kill Saul, but instead, David snuck up on Saul and cut off a piece of
his coat. When Saul and his people left the cave, David called out.
King Saul! David held up the piece of Saul's coat in his hand and
said, I could've got you! But you are God's anointed king, so I
cannot kill you.
Some time later, Saul and his men were searching for David once
again. David took one of his people with him down to the camp where
Saul and his army were sleeping on the ground. David snuck up on Saul
again and this time he took the spear that was next to Saul's pillow,
and his jar of water. They left and went to the top of a hill nearby
and David called out. King Saul! Holding up the spear and the jar of
water, David yelled, I could've got you! But you are God's anointed
king, so I cannot kill you. Saul cried and said, You are a better man
than I am. You have been good to me and I have been bad to you. Now I
know that you will be a good king and Israel will be safe in your
David spent many years hiding from king Saul. He wrote many psalms
about this difficult time of his life, that you can read in the Book
There was a wicked rich man named Nabal. One day while David was
hiding and hungry in the wilderness, he sent his men to ask Nabal for
food for him and his army. He told his men to tell Nabal how good he
and his men treated Nabal's shepherds. Nabal answered "Who is David?"
This was a huge insult to David and with much anger he and his men
set out without God's permission to destroy Nabal and all he owned.
David felt like he treated Nabal's people kindly all for nothing.
Nabal's wife Abigail heard what happened and hurried out to try and
stop David. She brought all kinds of food, but didn't tell Nabal.
When Abigail met David she begged him to listen to her. She told him
that Nabal was a foolish man but she reminded David that he was God's
anointed and that he didn't need to kill innocent people just because
Nabal hurt his feelings.
David blessed the Lord for sending Abigail to meet him and sent her
home. When she got there, Nabal was drunk and she still didn't tell
him about her meeting with David. The next morning when Nabal was
sober, Abigail told him what happened. Nabal became as a stone and
died about ten days later. David said that the Lord gave Nabal his
own wickedness and David took Abigail to be one of his wives.
David was the apple of God's eye. That means that God loved him very,
very much. David always talked to God and God always told him what to
do, and when to go to battle. Even though Saul was jealous of David,
David always remembered that Saul was God's first anointed king of
Israel. When Saul died, people thought David would be glad, but
David's heart was very, very sad.
David took his army to Jerusalem and won over the city. He moved
there and it became known as the City of David. David brought the ark
(God's treasure box) to Jerusalem and he was so happy that he danced
in the street, and all the people were happy with him. David's wife
Michal, was embarrassed because David danced in front of the people.
But David was dancing because he was happy for God, he wasn't dancing
to show off for the people like Michal thought, so God never let
Michal have children.
There was a time when Israel was at war, and David sent the captain
of his army, Joab, out to battle with Israel, while he remained in
Jerusalem. One night, while walking on the roof of the king's house,
David saw a woman who he thought was beautiful, named Bathsheba.
David sent for her and she became pregnant by King David while her
husband was out at war defending his country and his king.
David found out she was pregnant and even tried to get her husband to
lay with her while he was on leave from the war so nobody would
figure out what David had done. But Uriah, being a good man said he
would not take rest and sleep with his wife while his fellow
Israelite soldiers were at war.
David was in trouble ... Sooooooo, David ordered Joab to place Uriah
on the front line of the war where the battle was heated up so that
he would be sure to be killed. He was killed and David took
his wife Bathsheba as his own wife.
But ... God was watching and sent a prophet to David to let David
know that He was not pleased. David repented of his sin. God punished
David, by killing the child that Bathsheba conceived by him, and then
God forgave him.
Now here is the awesome part ... David is known as the "apple of
God's eye," and all kings after him were compared to King David by
God. David and Bathsheba went on to have another son named Solomon,
and David's bloodline carried on through Solomon ... all the way to
Jesus. So, if you ever think you've done something absolutely
horrible and wonder if God could ever forgive you, remember that king
David committed adultery, then murder, to try and cover it up, and
God forgave him.
David was known as a man of war. He confided in God for guidance of
when to go to battle, and the Lord always told him what the outcome
would be. David wanted to build a house for God, but during his reign
there were so many wars, and so much blood was shed that God told
David that his son would build the house of the Lord in a time of
peace, so David did all he could while he was alive to help prepare
for the building of the Temple.
There never reigned another king in Israel or Judah that could
compare to king David for honor and righteousness in the eyes of God.
To study the life and times of king David and the times that led up
to his reign, click on the links below to study the books of First
and Second Samuel, chapter by chapter:
There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare