David Never Waited
For Special Dispensations
There are very good reasons David is one of the most popular figures in the Bible.
His story is long and spread out, which means you won’t read very far before bumping into him, but more to the point, it’s personal. We don’t have to wonder what David said or what he thought or how he felt. Many of those details are laid out for us.
It also never gets boring. It’s the stuff that inspires movies.
The history extends from 1 Samuel 16 to 1 Kings 2 (42 chapters) and much of it is repeated, with additional detail, in 1 Chronicles. All total, he is the focus of about 70 chapters and since God made timeless promises to David and his descendants, he is mentioned repeatedly throughout the Old and New Testaments afterward.
Additionally, large portions of the Bible were actually written by David and his son, Solomon.
- David is credited with 75 Psalms
- Solomon is credited with 2 Psalms (although he wrote over a thousand), much of Proverbs, Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes.
These portions of the Bible are still read and embraced daily. Psalms and Proverbs are the starting points for many devotions. Saying David is influential is an understatement.
In short, David is the reference point for personal-relationship with God. If you want to know what that relationship feels/looks like, David’s your guy.
He’s easy to identify with. He’s spiritual without being super righteous and human (meaning sinful) without being committed to evil.
If we were to ask people which Bible personality they would like to emulate, David would probably top the list. Who wouldn’t want to be the little guy who takes on and defeats Goliath? [Read more…]