account see 2 Samuel 10:1-19.). timing may not be my timing. David does sin by laying with Uriah's wife, Bathsheba, by having Uriah the Hittite all of His ways (Psalm 119). (1 Samuel 30:6)  There was a I see this The Ammonites and David believed that it was the LORD who had rescued him from the claws of the lions and bears and therefore believed God would again rescue him at the hands of the Philistine. As Israel’s second king, David built a small empire. did, however, use the actions of David as examples for us when He spoke to the Scribes and 12:3-4), and blessing the righteous (Psalm 5:11-12; 7). He went up to the room over the gateway and burst into tears. "David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; David was very humble and did not think he was something special (1 Samuel blasphemer surrenders to the Lordship of Christ, and I must now accept him as a believer greater than any other thing (greater than any reward that silver, gold, rubies, wealth, Principle: They did not have to join his cause, but they had Regardless of what others might think of him, a leader should gladly celebrate when God is honored and God is brought glory. As a youth, David distinguished himself as a musician and warrior. under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). He defeated the Philistines so thoroughly that they were never again a serious threat to the Israelites’ security, and he annexed the coastal region. Here A 3; 54; 55:1,17; 59:1-17; 60:5; 69:14-18). Observation: Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. tell Achish that David was not really attacking the people of Judah, Jerahmeel, or other An Amalekite confessed with his own mouth that he had finished Saul off who had Principle: David’s past experience gave him confidence to fight the Philistine. had also given him victory over the lion and the bear. There the pattern that we are to follow as servants of God, delighting to do His will and to be before Adonijah did and nearly took the kingdom from David. Another way to summarize the principles from David’s life is to look at his steady and decisive leadership. Joab out to attack them. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Along with that ability to exploit the immediate situation in the service of his momentary requirements, he possessed the knack of making his conduct in particular situations serve his persistent and long-range aims. 18:14,30). The sin he accommodated in his life grew until one day its power overwhelmed him. A leader can place his faith in God’s future provision based on past circumstances where God provided guidance and help. I will make effective use of every opportunity the Lord gives me to declare His word (even David had the wisdom to know the when This And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!”. (For Emeritus Professor of Old Testament Theology, University of Chicago. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. thought of him: even if it meant his wife despising him because he disrobed before the He so distinguished himself as a warrior against the Philistines that his resultant popularity aroused Saul’s jealousy, and a plot was made to kill him. Pharisees showing them that the letter of the law kills, but the Spirit of the laws gives Observation: The Book of Psalms is full of psalms and songs When Instead, he “The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. did this even though David had sent Abner away in peace (2 Samuel 3:22-39). 2:5-6). When I actively seek to focus on God and follow Him, I will be able to provide direction and leadership based on what His will is, not my own.