Have you ever noticed the Scriptures put such a focus on King David? Sure the Old Testament also highlights monumental men such as Moses, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but ever notice how once David comes along he is referenced almost every chapter in the books of Kings and Chronicles? Or maybe try this on for size, ask a child who has regularly attended Sunday school to answer your question with the first name that comes to mind, of a person or character in the Bible. (The bracket represents the most common answers, but then again, children do say the darn’st things)
Q: Red Sea, A: (Moses)
Q: Jericho, A: (Joshua)
Q: Adam, A: (Eve)
Q: King, A: (?)
I wonder, how many of you reading this finished that off with David or Solomon yourself? It’s remarkable how seldom we hear King Jesus versus King David.
So why David? What’s the hype? Was it his trust in God?
Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among al the kings of Judah, either before or after him. He held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow him; he had kept the commands the Lord had given to Moses. 2 Kings 18:5-6
Now I know what you are thinking, it’s about David’s heart and soul right?
Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did- with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength in accordance with the law of Moses. 2 Kings 23:25
So what is it?
And when he had removed him [Saul], he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ – Acts 13:22
David never asked God to follow him and fulfill David’s will, rather David followed God and trusted in His will. He trusted in God’s will no matter the circumstance. We see this in 1 Samuel 24 clearly. David has every opportunity to kill King Saul in a cave, (the man who had been hunting him and chasing him for nearly 4 years) now Saul is conveniently in the same cave where David and his men were camped out. Saul was defenceless and David could have ended it, or simply given the order to one of his men and they’d be free. What does David do though? No short cuts about it, he exercises God’s will. David creeps in close enough, but instead of distributing the will of his men (which would benefit David), he just simply cuts a corner off Saul’s robe. Showing he was close enough to kill, but yet attempted no such action.
“But what about Bathsheba you ask?”
You see David had something better than wisdom or knowledge or riches like his son King Solomon. David had a true relationship with God. We see this through his many psalms, his prayers, and in every aspect of his worship towards God. Even in his sin, he laments and worships God.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions – Psalm 51:1
I’d encourage you to read the rest of Psalm 51 today and ask yourself: “When I pray for forgiveness, on a scale of 1 to 51, how sorrowful am I for my sins?” If you didn’t know any better, you’d think David was going through a high school sweet-heart break up. The kind that leaves you in an emotional mess piled up on your bedroom floor beside your dirty laundry. I can’t say I’ve ever been that apologetic for my sins, which just illustrates how much closer David’s relationship with God was in comparison to my own.
David followed God’s will no matter the situation. David loved his Lord with everything in him and praised Him continuously. Above all, David shows an almost unmatched relationship with God that only later, from his lineage, Jesus would perfect.
If Jesus is the perfect example to follow, then David is the obtainable example to be compared to.