Mighty King David

Of all of the Hebrew kings, David is perhaps the most famous. Not only did his faith allow him to slay the giant Goliath, but he was also one of the greatest kings of the Hebrew nation. And, even more importantly, he was the ancestor of Jesus.

David was also a refined gentleman, a poet & a musician who wrote many of the songs in the Book of Psalms. We can see from these writings both his devotion to the Lord & his ability to beautifully convey these feelings of reverence to us down through the many centuries.

In 1 Samuel 13:14 & in Acts 13:22 he is described as a man after God’s own heart

1 Samuel 13:14

14 but now your kingdom will not continue; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart; and the Lord has appointed him to be ruler over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”

Acts 13:22

22 When he had removed him, he made David their king. In his testimony about him he said, ‘I have found David, son of Jesse, to be a man after my heart, who will carry out all my wishes.’

As king, David conquers Jerusalem, taking it from the Jebusites, & makes it his capital. The Ark of the Covenant is brought to the city & David intends to build a temple, but his plans are waylaid by the Prophet Nathan, saying that the temple must be built by a son of David. Nathan does tell David, however, “Your throne shall be established forever,” & so it has come to pass through Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings.

 

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