Category: Life of David

Nathan, David and Bathsheba. (Madeleine Place de La Madeleine, Paris, 1837). By Baron Henri de Triqueti.

God’s Amazing Grace

Throughout biblical history, God demonstrates that He delights in using the least likely individuals—from man’s perspective—to accomplish His purposes. In spite of the circumstances that brought them together, David and Bathsheba’s son, Solomon, was destined to be next in succession in the lineage of Messiah.

David, (circa.1865). By Lord Frederic Leighton (1830-1896).

David’s Humility

David’s strategic plan envisioned the building of a temple to Jehovah in Jerusalem. God confirmed Jerusalem would indeed become the spiritual center of Israel, but David would not build the temple. Instead, God guaranteed David a perpetual posterity, an everlasting kingdom and an eternal throne. David’s response is an amazing demonstration of his true character.

Michal Despises David. By James Tissot.

Dancing Before the Lord

One of the most emotional moments I’ve experienced took place at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Erev Shabbat (Eve of Sabbath). Spontaneously, three or four men began energetically dancing the horah at the center of the Western Wall Plaza. Within seconds, the number grew to hundreds.

Emek Refaim Street sign (lit. Valley of Refaim Street; a Jerusalem street that descends into the Valley of Rephaim).

Miraculous Breakthrough—Winning Strategy

Living in the capital city of Jerusalem, David reflected on his situation, “that the LORD had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted His kingdom for the sake of His people Israel” (1 Sam. 5:12). David humbly recognized his success was not proof of his own wisdom or ability; God was blessing His Chosen People, Israel, by exalting David’s kingdom.