DAVID

“…the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart; and the Lord has appointed him to be ruler over his people…”

1 Samuel 13:14

David, a man after God’s heart! Quick to repent from his sin, his unusual love and passion for God led him to receive a supernatural revelation that lifted him as the eternal worshipper of God and made him a TRUE HERO!

David, his Hebrew name means “Beloved.” He was the youngest of Ishai, of the tribe of Judah. He was born in Bethlehem, where he spent his youth as shepherd to his father’s sheep.  God sent Samuel to anoint one of the sons of Ishai as successor of Saul.  Disregarding the oldest sons, he anointed David. His musical and poetic talent reached the ears of King Saul.  Saul took him to the court where David became friends with Jonathan, son of Saul.  David married Michal, the king’s daughter.  When he killed Goliath in his youth he became very popular, but also attracted Saul’s wrath, from whom David had to flee for many years.  David wrote that the Messiah would sit on God’s right hand and rule forever: He would be the mediator-priest of the people before God (Psalm 110). David ruled Judah in Hebron seven and a half years before he finally conquered the throne of all of Israel. He ruled approximately from 1000 to 961 BC. His triumphs include the return of the ark to Jerusalem, the union of the twelve tribes, the establishment of the capital in Jerusalem. He was the father of Solomon and God showed him the plans to build the temple.  He is the only man in the Scriptures who is known as being “after God’s heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). He died at seventy and was buried in the “city of David,” Jerusalem.

QUALITIES: Faithful to God, Noble and Brave, Passionate and Fervent. He wrote many of the Psalms, Dissolute but willing to repent, a man after God’s heart.