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Summary: The story of David is a story of great strengths and great weaknesses; a story of great moral character and great moral flaws; a story of dancing before the Lord and a story of hiding from the Lord.

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David

1 & 2 Samuel

David came from humble beginnings. 1 Samuel 16 & 17

David had a passionate heart for God 1 Samuel 16:7; 2 Samuel 6:14

David was chosen by God to succeed the disobedient King Saul. 1 Samuel 13:8-13

David demonstrated great bravery. 1 Samuel 17:45-47

David lacked self-control and discipline 2 Samuel 11-12

David’s sin brought untold pain and suffering on him and those he loved.

What can we learn from David?

?1. Closeness and passion of the past are not sufficient for today.

2. Despite our efforts to hide our brokenness and sin, God knows all about it--and our circumstance and soul only gets worse.?

3. God welcomes and longs for a broken and repentant heart.?

4. God can still shine in the darkness and brokenness we create.?

Turn to 2 Samuel 12

This morning we continue to take a biographical flyby on the great characters of the Bible. As we said in the beginning, the Bible doesn’t even begin to try to hide the huge moral flaws of the people on its pages. The God of heaven wants us to see that our mistakes and foibles and disobedience does not disqualify us from His promises of hope and redemption. And this morning we’re going to take a quick look at one of the more prominent and colorful characters: David.

The story of David is a story of great strengths and great weaknesses; a story of great moral character and great moral flaws; a story of dancing before the Lord and a story of hiding from the Lord.? David’s story is our story. Most of us in this room are individuals who want to walk with God, want to please God, want to be passionate for God—and we are—sometimes. But our brokenness and selfishness and willful disobedience takes us down a path of great pain and sometimes great distance from God.? If you know the story of David, you know he came from humble beginnings, right??David came from humble beginnings. 1 Samuel 16 & 17

He was a shepherd boy, the youngest of ? sons of Jesse. Like most younger brothers, he was picked on and even disrespected by his older brothers. He spent a lot of time out tending to and protecting the flocks of his family. He would spend many a night in the cold, in the open, feeding and protecting the sheep from wolves, bears and mountain lions.

David had a passionate heart for God

“Do not look at his appearance or his stature because I have rejected him. Humans do not see what the Lord sees, for humans see what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7? You see David’s passionate heart early in his life in so many ways. Later after he became king, he was moving the Ark to Jerusalem “David was dancing with all his might before the Lord wearing a linen ephod.” 2 Samuel 6:14. Some believe the linen ephod to be equivalent to whitey tighties of today. Don’t know. What I want you to see is that whatever Davide wore, he was dancing with what? With ALL HIS MIGHT!! ….

David was chosen by God to succeed the disobedient King Saul?

God sent the prophet Samuel to the house of Jesse to anoint the next king. The older brothers looked like they would be suitable for the job, but God had other ideas:

8 Jesse called Abinadab and presented him to Samuel. “The Lord hasn’t chosen this one either,” Samuel said. 9 Then Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said, “The Lord hasn’t chosen this one either.” 10 After Jesse presented seven of his sons to him, Samuel told Jesse, “The Lord hasn’t chosen any of these.” 11 Samuel asked him, “Are these all the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,” he answered, “but right now he’s tending the sheep.” Samuel told Jesse, “Send for him. We won’t sit down to eat until he gets here.” 12 So Jesse sent for him. He had beautiful eyes and a healthy, handsome appearance.

Then the Lord said, “Anoint him, for he is the one.” 13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully on David from that day forward.” 1 Samuel 13:8-13

David was probably about 16 years when this took place.

David demonstrated great bravery

There is the well known story that occurred not too long after David was anointed but while Saul was still the reigning king. The Israelites were being snookered and scared of this Philistine giant named Goliath—no one wanted to fight him. When David heard about it he rushed to the front lines and took on the great colossus, Goliath.

“David said to the Philistine: “You come against me with a sword, spear, and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord of Armies, the God of the ranks of Israel—you have defied him. 46 Today, the Lord will hand you over to me. Today, I’ll strike you down, remove your head, and give the corpses of the Philistine camp to the birds of the sky and the wild creatures of the earth. Then all the world will know that Israel has a God, 47 and this whole assembly will know that it is not by sword or by spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord’s. He will hand you over to us.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47?

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