The Life and Times of David
The life of King David is an authentic example of what it means to follow God in a flawed yet passionate manner. Using familiar stories and passages, this series will give an overview of David’s life and how it applies to our faith today. Because it is a summer series, each week is designed to be a standalone message.
June 2 – An Unlikely King (1 Samuel 16:1-13)
When Samuel goes to anoint the next king of Israel, he makes a common mistake: he judges the potential candidates based on outward appearances. God uses this opportunity to share his perspective: “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” (1 Samuel 16:7). God still has this same perspective today.
June 9 – Fallen (2 Samuel 11)
While many people think of 2 Samuel 11 as simply David’s affair with Bathsheba, it is actually much more. Throughout the chapter we see David ignoring warning signs, not listening to advisers, and ultimately allowing his desire for Bathsheba to cause him to have her husband murdered. It begins with David not being where he should be – out to war with his army. When we are not where God wants us to be, we place ourselves at risk.
June 16 – Slaying Giants (1 Samuel 17)
The story of David and Goliath is well known in and out of church circles. In popular culture, it is used to highlight the underdog and how people can overcome great odds. Within the biblical context, the story of David and Goliath is also about trusting God to provide victory and having a willingness to fight in your armor (1 Samuel 17:38-40). Ultimately, God gives David the victory.
June 23 – David’s Source of Power (Psalm 51)
Psalm 51 is a powerful expression of repentance and restoration. Written by David in the aftermath of his affair with Bathsheba, it shows humility, brokenness, and a willingness to do whatever God asks of him. It is in this chapter that David writes these words, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
June 30 – When Dreams Don’t Come True (1 Chronicles 22, 28)
David had wanted to build a temple for the Lord and even made preparations for it before his death. But God had told him, “You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight. But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. He is the one who will build a house for my Name.” David handles this with grace and a commitment to helping his son succeed.