David was obviously introduced to the Bible's narrative as a teenager. He had no idea, however, that he would be part of that narrative, studied by millions. The Bible narratives chronicle God's dealings with David, while David's psalms provide insight into his spiritual formation.
David's "last words" capture the essence of his life, "Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse, thus says the man raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel" (2 Samuel 23:1). David attributes the expansion of Israel under his leadership to righteousness and the fear of God: "He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, like the tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after rain" (23:2-4).
God, the Most High, chooses David and anoints him as Israel's second king. David composes dozens of songs that capture the greatness of God and the ups and downs of his own spiritual journey. David's life reveals that a good life isn't a perfect life.
The goodness of life has little to do with goodness in life, but with knowing God in the process. Many "good" people don't live a good life, but all those who know the Lord Jesus, follow Him with passionate devotion, and live out His story enjoy the true good life.
What does David communicate about those in leadership in his last words (2 Sam. 23:1-7)?
David reveals his innermost being through the psalms that he writes. How does what David shares encourage believers today?
The psalms written by David reveal how David fought to maintain faith in God in spite of the prosperity of those who opposed him. What does his battle for faith reveal about those seeking to walk with God?
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The 365 Daily Devotion, written by Iva May, is a brief devotion drawn from the day’s reading of the One Year® Chronological Bible delivered to your email. Each daily devotion concludes with several questions that strengthen reading engagement.