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While no more inspired than any other Scripture, Psalms 23 is, indeed, one of its crown jewels. “Using common ancient near-eastern images,” writes one expositor, “David progressively unveils his personal relationship with the LORD.” David refers to the LORD as his Shepherd (Jehovah-Rā‘â,), and then in beautiful poetry speaks of what he receives from his Shepherd: protection (Psa_23:1-4), provision (Psa_23:5), and permanence (Psa_23:6).

Let us consider the nameDavid. While the etymology is uncertain, it is commonly believed that Dāwiḏ (H1732) is derived from the root dôḏ (H1730), meaning “beloved, loved one, and even uncle” (e.g., Lev_20:20). Most of its fifty-eight occurrences refer to “the beloved” in Song of Solomon. As David prefigures Messiah (Eze_34:23-24; Eze_37:24-25; Hos_3:5; Jer_30:9), who in turn was spoken of as the Father’s “beloved Son” (Mat_3:17), this etymology seems at least possible.

While there is much detail about this pivotal character—his name appears more than 1,000 times—we can briefly summarize David with seven words:

(1) Son. The youngest of eight brothers, David was the son of Jesse of Bethlehem, grandson of Ruth and Boaz, tracing his heritage back to Abraham and then forward to Messiah (Mat_1:1-17). Anointed secretly by Samuel as the next king (1Sa_16:1-13), this young man was infused with the Spirit and destined for true greatness. (2) Shepherd. Oh, the lessons he learned as a shepherd! Courage, compassion, care, and much more helped mold a leader. (3) Singer. A musician and poet without equal, David penned most of the Psalms, providing unprecedented praise to God. (4) Soldier. Facing Goliath in his youth and later entire armies, David was a true warrior who received his power from God. (5) Sovereign. In a forty-year reign (1010–970 BC), the Hebrew nation reached the peak of its unity and power under King David’s leadership. (6) Sinner. As no one is perfect, David fell into sin, the most grievous of which was adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah. The consequences of sin are great, and untold misery came to David’s household. (7) Savior. Not David himself, of course, but the “Son of David,” Jesus Christ, who would save His people from their sins and sit on David’s throne.

Scriptures for Study:Read Psalms 51, David’s great psalm of repentance.



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Cover or Confess?

Proverbs 28:13
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy,” Proverbs 28:13.

Every day that we spend hiding our sins is one more day that we spend in misery. King David is a primary example of a person miserable in his sins. We see him cry out to God after he was thoroughly tired of his iniquity in Psalm 51. From David’s life we can understand how far our sinful desires can take us away from God and the sweet fellowship we can have with Him. David was dejected, depressed and unhappy with the sins he had committed with and because of his lust for Bath-sheba.
David is also an example of hope for the rest of us. We, too, can cry out to God for mercy and forgiveness, and He will hear and forgive. As a matter of fact, God wants us to go to Him confessing our sins on a daily basis; in doing so, we continue the fellowship we have with our Heavenly Father (Matt. 6:9-13).
On the contrary, covering our sins and pretending they do not exist will lead to bitterness, malice, lack of blessings and, most of all, hindrance in our daily walk with the Father.

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me (Psalm 51:2, 3).
Beverly Barnett

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David’s Eulogy of Jonathan

2 Samuel 1:25, 26
“I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women,” 2 Samuel 1:26.

What will people say about you at your funeral? What would you like them to say? I have attended many funerals, and the content of the eulogies is always positive. Something nice can be said about virtually any person who has ever lived, and that is usually why funerals are held: to celebrate the life of the deceased.
When King David eulogized the life of Jonathan, he said something that is not said at too many funerals. He said, “Thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women” (verse 26). It should be obvious that David is not speaking inappropriately about his relationship with Jonathan, and, yet, this statement is not something you hear too often to describe friendships. What did David mean by this comment? He meant that, though Jonathan could have fought for his right to inherit the throne of Israel as Saul’s son, he denied himself that pleasure and radically supported David as God’s choice to rule the nation. The kind of love that Jonathan expressed for David was so rare, it exceeded the devotion found in relationships with the opposite sex because these kinds of relationships typically hinge upon some degree of self-gratification. Jonathan had nothing to gain personally from denying himself the right to the throne and yielding to God’s will in selecting David, yet, that is exactly what he did, and God honored him for it.
I would like it to be said about me at my funeral that I loved God so much that I was willing to forego my own satisfaction and fulfillment to enjoy the desires of God.

Will you yield to God’s will today?

Mark Clements

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David’s Prayer and Praise

2 Samuel 7:18-29
“Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?” 2 Samuel 7:18.

When God established His covenant with David, He reminded him that, when God chose David, he was simply a humble shepherd keeping sheep. It was God’s idea to elevate him from a keeper of sheep to the king of Israel. David realized that he had done nothing to promote himself to his position of prominence and did not deserve this kind of recognition. He rightly asked, “Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?” (2 Sam. 7:18).
In today’s culture, it is easy to cultivate an attitude of entitlement. Success and fame are almost expected by everyone and certainly are pursued by the majority of people. This attitude goes against the grain of Christianity because, in Christ, we begin with an understanding that we are not entitled.
Jesus came to this earth precisely because we are unable to help ourselves and none of us deserves Heaven. We only enter into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ after we have realized our desperate circumstance. David realized his humility, and we need to take note. The next time you are tempted to boost your own pride or take credit for anything good that has happened to you, take a cue from David and, instead, lift up God in praise. None of us deserves to be called the children of God, and, yet, He still reaches out to us and lifts us up from the pit.

Will you deflect praise to God today?
Mark Clements

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David, the Shepherd King


Psalm 78:70-72


So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands,” Psalm 78:72.



This morning I read where a highly recruited high school football player was denied an invitation to a prominent NCAA team. He was not denied because the recruiters decided he did not have enough talent, nor was he denied because he had committed a serious crime. He was denied because of how he had mishandled a certain social media network. The university that was recruiting him determined that he would not be a benefit to its team—despite his extreme talent—because of his absence of character and integrity.


King David showed the opposite of this story. He did not have extreme leadership talent that had been tested in the arena of politics. The only experience he had was shepherding sheep; yet, God selected him to be the leader of His people. What was so great about David that made God choose Him? It was his character and integrity, developed by humbly watching sheep.


I am not sure what you or others might think of your own abilities, but history shows that God would rather have an unlearned peasant with integrity in His service, than a skilled workman who lacks character. God chooses the foolish things of the world to do His work so that no one will boast in anyone but God. (Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-31.)





Will you pursue after God’s heart today?


Mark Clements



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