Why is David so important for us to spend three months looking at his life?
There are several reasons why he is relevant to us today:
He is a prominent character
in the Bible; there is more about David than about anyone else except Jesus.
You’ll find these stories in the books of 1 and 2 Samuel, and parts of 1 Kings and 1 Chronicles.
His life was an exciting one
– a rise from humble, even obscure, beginnings to great power as the king of Israel when the kingdom is first established as a significant political force in the land; and then an account of the struggles he had in that position of power, not least with himself. It’s a story told with searing and, at times, disturbing honesty.
His story is the basis for two vital ideas in our understanding of what God would ultimately do in Jesus’ life.
Early on David was marked out as a future king by being anointed with oil (1 Samuel 16). In Hebrew the word for anointed is messiah; it was the sign that he had been chosen by God; and then at a later stage of his life he was the person who established the kingdom centred on Jerusalem.
Above all, it is the story of someone described by God as ‘a man after my own heart’ (Acts 13.22).
Wouldn’t we all want to be described like that?