Who Was King David

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Before the time of Samuel, Judges ruled over the nation of Israel. Eventually, the people of Israel found disfavor with the Lord because of their sinful, disobedient hearts. The Israelites had their hearts set on anointing a king, therefore rejecting God as their king. After several warnings from Samuel, the Israelites still insisted on having a king since they felt that Samuel was too old and that his sons were immoral, additionally the Israelites wanted to be like other nations. In 1 Samuel 8:19, they told Samuel, “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.” What the Israelites wanted was an earthly king, not a heavenly king, which greatly displeased…show more content…
David was from the line of Judah, and one of the key components to the Messianic promise. David was truly a man after God’s own heart, and unlike Saul, lived a life serving God with obedience and humility and gave all glory to God for his victories. As king, David was a clear representation of God’s love for the people of Israel, as well as his covenant. King David, was a triumphant King, which was further proof of God’s sovereignty; he conquered Jerusalem (2 Samuel 5), united the 12 tribes of Israel (2 Samuel 2:4), brought the Ark of Covenant to Israel (2 Samuel 5:7), and even brought lasting peace by defeating Moab, Syria, and Ammon (2 Samuel 8:2). In addition to his many great triumphs King David showed the desire to please God above all else, and when he did sin he genuinely asked God for forgiveness and repented, “Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightiest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” (Psalm 51:2-4) When God chose David as King, the Bible tells us that the Lord said “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1 Sam 16:7) However, because King David was obviously not perfect and was a human bound to sin he eventually gave into committing adultery with Bathsheba, resulting in the birth of Solomon who would later become the next king of

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