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David the Good King

David fighting Goliath

Application:

God wants us to love, obey and trust Him.

Bible Text:

1 Samuel chapter 16 to 2 Samuel chapter 2.

 

The Future King:

When David was a young shepherd, God chose him to be the future king of Israel.  The great prophet, Samuel, came to David's home in Bethlehem and anointed him to be king over Israel.  But, at that time Saul was still the King of Israel!

One day Goliath, the Philistine giant, challenged a man from Saul's army to fight him.  It was young David who accepted, and with only a slingshot and five small stones as weapons, David bravely walked toward the giant.  But David also had his love and trust in God to protect him, and that made the difference.  David swung his slingshot and shot off his stone and killed Goliath.  Saul's army was then able to conquer the Philistine army.

At the Palace:

After that battle, David moved into the palace of King Saul's court, where he became like a brother to Saul's son, Jonathan.  When King Saul was in a dark mood of unhappiness, only David's playing on the harp would comfort him.  This was because David played so well and sang beautiful songs praising God.

But King Saul grew jealous of David's popularity with the people, and so he made him a commander of the army and sent him into battle, hoping that David would be killed by the Philistines!

A Great Soldier and King:

But David was not killed and was successful in all he did, because he served God with all of his heart.  And so the people loved him even more, but this made King Saul even more jealous and so he plotted David's death.   But Jonathan warned David and helped him to escape from Saul.  King Saul later changed his mind and stopped trying to kill David.

Some time later, King Saul and Jonathan were killed in battle with the Philistines, and David was very sad and mourned the loss of his king and dearest friend.  David then was made King of all Israel, and there never was a greater king.  He continued to play his harp, and continued to compose songs of praise to God, and we can read many of those songs in our Bibles in the book of Psalms.

Serving God:

What was the secret of David's success?  It was because he loved God and served him with all his heart.  And God wants you to love Him too, and be obedient in all you do.

He wants you to obey your parents without making a fuss.  And as you grow up, God wants you to learn more about Jesus, so that you can serve Him like David.  This will make God very happy, and I'm sure you want this too.

I hope that you will always love and trust God, just like David did!

God bless.

 

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