I want to remind someone out there that, just because the world or circumstances or ‘fate’ has written you off, does not mean God has written you off. David was by all means unqualified to be king. I mean, he was the last of 8 sons and he was not even a warrior, he was not used to fighting battles so much so that he could not even walk in the armor (1 Samuel 16:6-13; 17:39). He was just a young shepherd boy. But glory to God, who qualifies the unqualified. The young shepherd boy became a mighty king. When Jesus says yes, absolutely no one can say no. If you ever feel odd remember that God picked the ‘odd’ one to rule over His people.
When speaking of great people in the old testament, the list is never complete without King David. He was such a mighty man that even till today, his time of reign over Israel is still referred to as the “Golden Age”. I’d be bringing into spotlight, FIVE peculiar characteristics of David.
David was a courageous man. He boasted confidently in nothing but God. In 1 Samuel 17 we see the story of what transpired between David and Goliath. Goliath was a huge man. We’re talking of a man who was a warrior since his youth, about 9 feet 10 inches (3.0m) tall and very well built. In fact, it is safe to say Goliath was a giant. He had so many conquests and he was the star warrior of the Philistines (1 Samuel 17:4). For 40 days he put Israel under duress and no one could challenge him. But, by means of chance and good timing, David happened to be there at the time when Goliath began boasting of how he would defy Israel (1 Samuel 17:22-23). Remember I said David was not familiar with battles, he could not even walk in the armor yet he took it off and single-handedly faced a completely covered and well protected Goliath with just a sling shot and five stones (1 Samuel 17:5-7; 32-33;39-40). How foolish, you might think. But this is what David said to Goliath “You come to me with a sword, a spear and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted” …verse 45. We are all well aware of how David then struck down and beheaded the Philistine (1 Samuel 17:46-51). What you face your battles with (spears or the name of The Lord) is what would determine whether you are foolish or wise. How are you facing your Goliath? Where are you putting your confidence, in spears or in The Lord of hosts?
David was humble. Even before his mighty conquest that earned him the praise of “killing ten-thousand”, while Saul killed just “a thousand” (1 Samuel 18:7), he knew he was going to be king (1 Samuel 16:1-13). Samuel had visited his home to anoint him. I thought of how I would have been telling everyone, bragging to everyone, but not David. In humility, he even still served Saul. Even after Saul promoted David to the position of Commander of thousands, David was still as cheerful as ever, publicly associating himself with the people (1 Samuel 18:13-16). It is important for us to put on humility…not in a fake manner that shows a cunning arrogance…but a sincere humility. David never began to see himself as better than the commoners just because he was now “the king’s Commander of thousands who had been anointed to be king”. God loves a humble person. He will never work with a proud person…never ever.
Also, he was good at recalling God’s blessings especially in the face of trials. When Saul had questioned David’s ability to defeat Goliath, David first of all recalled the times God had helped him defeat a lion and a bear (1 Samuel 17:34-37). When Michal (his wife) mocked him about the way he celebrated, he said He would celebrate before God, who made him king in place of her father and his household (2 Samuel 6:21). David’s act of recalling his blessings may have been a way of praising God, or a means of reminding himself of God’s faithfulness. Either ways, it is a behavior worth emulating. When the enemy tries to shake you with some challenges or when you just happen to encounter hardship, count your blessings, remind yourself of the greater or similar things God has helped you through and trust in that same God to bring you through the present one too. This waters the ground for the next of the peculiar characteristics of David.
David’s signature was praise. He was always praising God, be it in good times or bad times. The entire 150 chapters of book of Psalms were written by him. Even from his days as a shepherd boy, he played the harp and invited the Spirit of God. After his infamous double-sin of adultery and murder, the penalty of his sin was that the child produced by that illicit relationship, die (2 Samuel 11, 12:1-14). Though it was not something of joy, David still worshipped God (2 Samuel 12:18-20). He sought for ways to please God, through praise and through devotion. Even when God told him he would not be able to build His temple because he was a man with blood on his hands, he gathered down all the materials in hope that his son, Solomon would be able to build it (1 Chronicles 28:3-19). Whether by praise or by devotion, he was always wanted to please God. It was hard to please God in those times, considering the fact that The Holy Spirit was only on a selected few, but how much are you devoted to pleasing God even now that the fullness of God lives in you? How much do you appreciate God with songs of praises be it in good or bad times?
David was a ‘repenter’. Over and over again, David kept falling into sin (1 Samuel 21:1-9; 10-15; 2 Samuel 11). That has been explained in previous posts concerning grace. But like a good fighter, he always got up. Multiples times he fell, multiple times plus once more he got up. Whenever he sinned, he ran to God for forgiveness and cried to God for mercy and this was an era before grace. How much more we who have been declared sons and daughters of God by the reason of the Blood of Jesus shed for our sake? When we sin, no matter how ‘grave’ the sin may be, nothing is beyond the forgiving grace of God. Rather than let the devil shame us, we should run helplessly back to He who blots away our sins and declares us whole. We might make mistakes (though our mistakes should not be of the heart but of the head) but we should quickly retrace our steps to God, and never go back to such acts. David sought God even when the wrath of God was impending over him. We too should be ‘repenters’, we too should be God-seekers.
It’s easy to see why God elevated him from leader of sheep to a leader of a great nation, God’s people (2 Samuel 7:8). If you’re seeking an elevation in any respect of your life, why don’t you come to the One who elevates and no man bring can down. David put his trust in God, stayed away from pride, recalled the goodness of God at all times, praised and devoted himself to God like there was no tomorrow, ran back to God every time he realized he went astray and earned the title “man after my heart” from God (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22). Till today, he remains one of Israel’s greatest kings of all time. It is not impossible for you too to achieve this feat after all, you are now empowered by the grace of God!
P.S: Every time Saul tried to bring David down, he ended up creating an even bigger avenue for David’s light to shine. Saul sent David on a mission that he thought would be his last ever but David came back victorious (1 Samuel 18:25-30). Do not get weary or fearful when your adversary tries in multiple ways to ruin you, stick by God and those supposed stumbling blocks would only become stepping stones to greater heights.
Happy new month family! May this month be the best you have ever had so far in Jesus name❤