For much of his life David was a tortured soul. As a child growing up in a family of dark haired Hebrew boys, David was a red headed, ruddy, freckled boy who got his coloring from the bloodline of his great grandmother Ruth, the Moabite woman.
11) Samuel asked Jesse, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," Jesse answered, "but he is tending the sheep." Samuel said, "Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives."
12) So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, "Rise and anoint him; he is the one." 13) So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power.
The Hebrews and Moabites were enemies. David was a strong Hebrew who had ruddy physical feaures like his great grandmother Ruth from Moab.We see the working and wisdom of God in this.
When you look different from others in your family, you often experience cruelty and scorn.
Davidís mother encouraged him to be a shepherd to get away from this cruelty. God used this isolation to make David a rock of strength, power, and wisdom.
It was there out in the pastures that his love of God grew unshakable and unmoveable.
He was far away from the babble of young men of his village.
He was far away from the unbelief, teasing and foolishness of his brothers.
He was free to sing, write music, play and rejoice in the Lord.
When you do not have to battle peer pressure, you can become strong, full of courage. You have faith to slay giants.
David Plays for The Court of the King
I Samuel 16:23 Tells us that when David played his harp, Saul became refreshed and the evil spirits that tormented him would be driven away.
Anointed music soothes the soul and places the listener in peace, well being and restoration.
Much of the Psalms were written by David. Some wonder how could he be so prolific. How could he write so many psalms? First of all when the anointing of God is upon you, there is no lack of themes to write about. With the anointing of God, there is an abundance of psalms, stories, articles always in the mind.
The job of a shepherd is often lonely. There are long stretches of time when life moves slowly, but there are also times when the shepherds job is dangerous and trying. During the time of David's life in Israel, fierce animals roamed the land. Bears and lions lived among the caves and mountainous areas.
Because of his faith in God, David knew he could defeat Goliath.
David said to Saul,1 Samuel 17:31-37 "Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him."
Saul replied, "You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth."
But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth.
When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine."
David's courage as king brought strength and power to Israel for over 40 years.
Despite his triumphs his life was full of troubles, heartaches, and pain. Many because of his own mistakes, still God called him a man after His own heart.
David experienced betrayal from family, colleagues and friends. Psalm 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
He begged his army not to kill his son Absalom but Joab his captain did anyway.
2 Samuel 18:14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.
David retained Joab on as his captain for decades but never forgot that he alone killed his beloved son.
On his death bed he tells Solomon to destroy Joab for his disobedience, violence, outrageous decisions, and the shedding of innocent blood.
I kings 2:28-35, Solomon obeys his dying fathers wish to avenge the house of David and others by killing Joab the captain.
Joab dies in the temple.
David, a man after God's own heart. Musician, Warrior and Avenger.
He was the ultimate worshipper and praise was his gift from God.
Excerpt from Doctoral Dissertation
The Trials and Triumphs of King David 2006