"And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Beth–lehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons… Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah."
(1 Samuel 16:1, 13 KJV)
We know a lot about David, the seventh son of Jesse of the tribe of Judah. We know he was Our Awesome God's choice for king after Saul died because the prophet, Samuel, anointed him after God told him to. And that he was a shepherd boy at his anointing. David, in front of the Philistine and Israelite armies, came out to do battle in the name of God while still a teenager and he defeated the Philistine giant, Goliath, with God, a stone and slingshot. He wrote many of the Psalms and He, like all of us, sinned. He spent many years avoiding King Saul who hated him and tried to kill him in front of his son who loved David. This man knew life at it's worst and he knew and loved Our Awesome God (Psalm 28). Reading his Psalms, we see he got depressed (Psalm 22) but his happiness bubbled from him at times as if he couldn't contain it! (Psalm 21) He died after reigning as king for 40 years (1 kings 2:11) Read about David's history from 1 Samuel 16 to 1 Kings 2:11)
We know that Our Awesome God's favorite person was probably David. God blessed him with military success and he expanded the borders of the nation of Israel. He reigned over Israel from Hebron for seven years and then moved his capital to Jerusalem.
Among his sins, David had a man killed and committed adultery. When David committed adultery with Bathsheba, he did not repent immediately. Only some time later did he admit to his sin when Our Awesome God sent Nathan, the prophet, to tell him about the special lamb. (2 Samuel 12:1-14) As you read this chapter, please note that though he repented and God forgave him, the worldly consequences remained. Though he fasted, the infant child of his sin died and later his oldest son was killed leading a rebellion to seize the throne. It is called justice "as you reap what you sow." It will also happen to us as we sin and repent.
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and the Praise and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study with separate Women's Bible Study and Youth Chapel until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill