Be sure to watch Who was David? (Part 1) found here:

David was a shepherd, prophet, musician, songwriter, army commander, and finally, king of Israel. 

When David was young, he served King Saul first by playing music for him and then by becoming Saul’s armor bearer, and later a commander in Saul’s army. Over time, though, Saul grew jealous of David and tried to kill him. On more than one occasion, David showed mercy, not wanting to harm God’s chosen leader. For example, one night, David snuck into Saul’s camp while everyone was sleeping. Instead of attacking him, David only took Saul’s water jug and spear, in the hopes of proving to Saul he was not interested in hurting him. David knew he was next in line to be king, so he patiently waited for God’s perfect timing to take over the throne.

After Saul’s death, David became one of Israel’s most loved kings ruling for 40 years, even showing kindness to Saul’s family. He established Jerusalem as the capital of the nation, living there as king. Jerusalem became known as the “city of David,” and is still called that today. 

Despite doing many good things, David was not a perfect man, and the Bible doesn't hide his failures. He used bad judgement several times – in some cases hurting other people – and this displeased God. However, once David realized his mistakes, he was extremely sorry, asked God for forgiveness, and God forgave him.

David wrote psalms, or poetic songs – some of them prophesying about Jesus, and some praising God for his love and mercy. One such beautiful poetic song is found in Psalms Chapter 23: “The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams…Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me…Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.” (Psalms 23:1-6, New Living Translation)

So, who was David? A shepherd, prophet, musician, songwriter, army commander, and king. Learn more about him by watching our video, “Who was David? Part 1.”

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