David killed a giant, soothed the soul of a king, became a king, won wars, slept with another man’s wife and got him killed to marry her, had multiple wives and concubines, some of his kids raped and killed themselves, and eventually he died. So what is there to make of King David’s life?
As I continue to push my way through the Old Testament I recently reached the end of David’s life in 1 Kings 2. There were a lot of interesting things about David’s life. Three things in particular stood out to me.
David was dedicated to honoring God
He made some mistakes, which I’ll get to later, but overall he was very dedicated to honoring God. To my recollection without looking back at the text, Saul searched to kill David two times. And two times David had a chance to kill Saul to save himself but he didn’t because he respected Saul had been the Lord’s anointed. And he left judgement and any avenging of Saul for trying to kill him despite the fact David never sinned against him to God. Quite courageous to honor God even to the point of potentially being killed for it.
David was a true friend
There was an episode that stuck out to me with regards to Mephibosheth. He was the son of Jonathan who was born lame in the feet. Because Jonathan had dealt kindly with him in his life warning him about Saul, David made sure Jonathan’s son was taken care of. He restored all of the land of his grandfather Saul and even allowed him the honor of eating at the King’s table.
David was flawed
As alluded in the beginning of this post, David was a flawed person. He slept with another man’s life, got her pregnant, and then got her husband killed. He ordered an unauthorized census of Israel which brought about a plague to the land killing thousands. It’s a funny thing how much people focus on the story of him killing Goliath and make him one of the shiniest characters in the Bible when that’s a bit off from the full truth. Nonetheless, he did get punished by God, and he did attempt to atone for his sins.
Sidenote: David had some bad kids
Some of them were bad. It’s crazy the drama that occurred in David’s family. Had one kid that raped his sister, another kid that murdered his brother, and two kids that tried to screw him over by taking his throne. Not sure why all that happened, but an interesting story nonetheless.
So what do we take from the life of David? Perhaps that he shows the best of what we can be. But he also showed us the worst of what we can be too. Maybe his journey shows us that life is messy, even if you’re the king of the chosen people of God. What do you think David’s life tells us?
Peace to all those are in Christ.