• FROM SHEPHERD TO KING

    The Story of David

  • Reading Plan: Week 3

    Day 1

    This is one of the few Psalms that we know is about a particular episode in David’s life. The subtitle of the Psalm clearly indicates that it is about the incident where he fled from Saul into the cave, and its joyful tone clearly communicates David’s relief at the outcome. The text conveys...

     

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    Day 2

    After David’s encounter with Saul in the cave, Saul still didn’t give up on hunting David. While Saul would continue to fail, his need to please the people and his fear of losing his position fed his obsessive need to keep David on the run. 15 years passed this way. 15 years of hiding, running,...

     

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    Day 3

    This psalm is called a “Royal Psalm” because it celebrates the King. These would have been used on special occasions, such as the coronation of a new monarch. Notice that this psalm is different from the others we have read. While most psalms take the form of prayers asking God to help the...

     

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    Day 4

    David finally sits on the throne. The promise that God had made him when he was barely a teenager has been fulfilled. His enemies are defeated (at least for now), and David no longer has to hide in caves or scrape for scraps of food. His every need is met instantly by a hoard of servants, and his...

     

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    Day 5

    Over the past three weeks, we have taken a whirlwind tour through the life of King David - from his early days as a nameless shepherd to the lasting covenant God makes with him. Those of you who have followed along with this study might well be wondering what lesson we should take away from all...

     

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  • Reading Plan: Week 2

    Day 1

    Throughout this series, I’ve mostly focused on David and the lessons we can learn from him. This is, after all, a series on the “Life of David.” But today, I’m going to focus on the actions of a different character in this story, to see what lessons we can learn from his example.

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    Day 2

    David is on the run. The golden boy - the shepherd who was anointed by God, the champion who slew Goliath - had become an outcast. Banished from the court and hunted by the king he had served so well, David takes refuge in shrines, caves, even the cities of the Philistines...

     

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    Day 3

    Ancient Israel was a tribal nation. Your clan (what we would call an “extended family) was everything - you were born into a clan, you were expected to marry within your clan, you were buried on land belonging to your clan. Your first loyalty was not to your nation, but to your family...

     

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    Day 4

    David says his tearful goodbyes to his friend Jonathan and leaves to go into hiding. The two friends will never meet again.

    As he grieves his situation - and the absence of his friend - David also has critical decisions to make. While he now knows for sure that Saul intends to kill him...

     

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    Day 5

    By this point, David has been fleeing from Saul - driven in exile from his wife, friends and home - for years. Running from city to city, valley to valley and cave to damp, smelly cave, he has always been one step ahead of the murderous king. During all that time, neither has laid eyes on....

     

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  • Reading Plan: Week 1

    Day 1

    For the next three weeks, we are going to look at the life of one of the most pivotal figures in the Bible: King David. We are going to read about His life, but we will also explore the music that he wrote in the Psalms. Today, I am going to set the stage for this study by explaining where David...

     

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    Day 2

    In this chapter, we are introduced to David. Saul, the current king of Israel, has been rejected by God because of his disobedience, and so God sends Samuel to anoint a new king. Samuel arrives at the home of Jesse. Jesse, by all accounts was well-off, but hardly the sort of family you’d come to...

     

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    Day 3

    One of the unusual and wonderful parts about studying David’s life is that we not only get to read the stories told about him, but we also get to hear what he was thinking through the Psalms that he wrote during his life. The Psalms are hymns that were used in worship by the people of Israel at...

     

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    Day 4

    This is the most famous story from David’s life, and one of the most notable stories in the entire Old Testament. So much so that even today, if an underdog beats a more experienced and powerful opponent, we call it a “David and Goliath” story. At the beginning of chapter 17, we find the armies...

     

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    Day 5

    It is easy to imagine David singing a psalm like this right before a big battle. In some early (VERY early - as in “before the New Testament was written) versions, this psalm is associated with David’s battle against Goliath, but it could have just as easily been another enemy David had in mind....

     

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