David stands as one of the most famous and most popular characters of the entire Bible: He is a hero in both the Jewish and Christian faiths, and is famous both for his feats in battle prior to his kingship, and for arguably being Israel’s greatest king.
He is clearly a key figure in Scripture: in fact, more of the Bible is devoted to telling the life and actions of David than anyone other than Jesus and Moses.
Even in a culture such as ours which has become largely ignorant of the contents of Scripture, most people are at least somewhat familiar with the character of David. The famous story of David and Goliath has even become a cultural metaphor; in a sporting event (especially like the NCAA Basketball Tournament) when you have two teams playing each other where one team is perceived to be much better than the other, it will often be referred to as a David and Goliath matchup.
David’s life comprised an important link in the history of Israel and also the history of God’s redemption, but it also provides a lot of lessons which are good for us to remember. It was a life characterized by remarkable peaks and painful valleys, and over the next couple of weeks I’d like to take care of some of the lessons we can learn from it.