David’s life was a whirlwind of events, emotions, and crises that he always bounced back from. He maintained his trust in God despite his sins and imperfections. Yet David from the Bible was completely, passionately alive. Whatever he did, right or wrong, he did with his whole heart. In his love for God, David held nothing back.
We have just studied in 1 Samuel David’s youth and exile. In 2 Samuel, we’ll see David as king, leading, uniting, inspiring his people.
Healing Israel’s Wounds
However, Israel is in tatters. Southern Israel recognizes David as king but Saul’s son launches a civil war for the throne. Ugly infighting ensues, with intrigue, murder, and treachery.
David in the Bible wins, but his authority remains shaky in the Israelites’ eyes. He needed to heal the wounds of war. David won the Northerns over by:
- Showing decisive action
- Punishing murderers justly
- Mourning his enemies’ deaths
David conquered Jerusalem when everyone said it couldn’t be done. He defeated the Philistines once and for all. Israel was safe. Trade expanded and Israel’s economy boomed.
David in the Bible is Israel’s Greatest King
- David was never vengeful with his enemies
- David took full responsibility for his mistakes
- David always remembered he began as a shepherd boy
- David knew he held power only by God’s grace
- David knew God had every right to remove him from power
- David had great strength of character
Israel thrived because of who David was and not just because of what David did.
Living a Passionate Life
- Live with God at the center of your life
- Live every moment — don’t live in the past nor the future
- Admit your mistakes
- Take responsibility
- Learn and grow every day
- “What would Jesus do” is your mantra for daily living