This message is the first in a series of messages on the life of David. Now, you might ask what is so special about David that we should devote precious Bible study time on his life? Well first, with the exception of the Lord Jesus, more Scripture is devoted to David than to any other individual. God doesn’t waste valuable Scripture on things that are not important, and if God gives us this much Scripture on one person, then perhaps we should study and learn from that information. The second reason is that next to Joseph, David is the most Christlike man in the Bible.
When we think of David, the first image that comes to my mind is as the king of Israel. Others would say that the first image that comes to their mind is that of a shepherd. Certainly, as a youth he tended sheep, and until the end of his days he had a shepherd's (pastor's) heart. It is for this reason that he is set forth in the Old Testament as the ideal king. God's intention was that any prince among His people should also be a pastor of his people.
David was a handsome young man, but God did not choose him for that reason. God knew his heart. He was God’s choice. Although David failed, down underneath was a faith that never failed. David loved and trusted God. He wanted to walk with Him. God took him to the woodshed and punished him within an inch of his life, and David never whimpered or cried out. He wanted that fellowship with God, and God loved him. He was a man after God’s own heart.
If you are a true child of God, and have Jesus Christ as your Lord, then you have experienced times when you failed God. Every Christian has. This study of the life of David will teach us how God deals with our failures and then restores us to fellowship with Him.
Click on the link below to hear a message on how God chooses the man that He wants to lead Israel, and how God chooses you as well.