Learn God’s Character from the Life of King David

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah. 1 Samuel 16:13 NKJV

“The choice of David, the runt and the shepherd, to be the anointed, to be a sign and representative of God’s working presence in human life and history, is surely intended to convey a sense of inclusion to all ordinary men and women, the plain folk, the undistinguished in the eyes of their neighbors, those lacking social status and peer recognition. Which is to say, the overwhelming majority of all who have lived on this old planet earth. Election into God’s purposes isn’t by popular vote. Election into God’s purposes isn’t based on proven ability or potential promise. So it’s of considerable moment to realize that the centerfold account in Scripture of a human being living by faith comes in the shape of a layperson. . . . But there isn’t a hint in the narrative that his status is evidence of inadequacy. This is humanity burgeoning and vital, bold and extravagant, skillful and inventive in love and prayer and work.” – Eugene Peterson

“The end of Saul’s reign is the beginning of David’s. . . . David was first inaugurated as king secretly and separately by Samuel. Then two confirmations followed this. The first confirmation occurred so that David would be received in some part of the land of Judah, which was the tribe from which he came; the second confirmation then occurred before the entire kingdom. In this way we see that God does not fulfill His promises immediately, but gradually. . . . For instance, God initially gives Abraham a promise in the form of a seed, then as the land of Canaan, and finally as Christ, through whom He blesses the whole world. But none of these things came about quickly. First it was given to the sons of Isaac, who had two sons: Jacob and Esau. And Jacob had twelve sons, who became patriarchs who went down to Egypt. After three hundred years the people there had increased, were led out of Egypt by Moses and then were brought together by Joshua into the land of Canaan. Then after this were added all the judges. Then Samuel and Saul strengthened the people. But David fulfilled the promises of the kingdom, and although it was interrupted and there were gaps in successive reigns, it endured in a certain way until the time of Christ. In this way, although God certainly keeps His promises, He sometimes delays in fulfilling them.” – Peter Vermigli







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