TEXT: 1Sa 13:13-14 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. 14 But now
thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.
1. Much can be learned and applied from the life of David.2. His name occurs 1117x in the Bible.
a. More than Abraham.b. More than Moses.c. More than Paul.
3. It has been over 3000 years since he lived, served, and ruled.4. The first time we see Davidís name is in the book of Ruth; he is mentioned to connect the genealogy of Jesus.5. He was a shepherd who served his father and sheep, and became courageous and smart.6. David wrote 73 confirmed psalms that we know of, and possibly more.7. Jesus is referred to most often as the Son of David.8. Davidís life is a testament to the kind of faithful servant he was.
I. YOUTHFUL SERVANT
A. He filled this role when we first meet him.
1. Samuel, the Seer, is to travel to Bethlehem to anoint Saulís successor at the command of Jehovah.2. Jesseís older sons are rejected one by one which left the youngest, who was not even present for theanointing service.3. Samuel asked if the appearing ones constituted the fullness of Jesseís sons (1 Sam. 16:11).
B. From a young age, David was a faithful servant.
II. MILITARY SERVANT.
A. When he slayed the arrogant Goliath, it was only the beginning.
1. He eventually became Saulís main captain fighting many battles against the fierce Philistines.2. Saul through relentless envy and consuming jealousy turned against the military genius and sought to kill his single greatest benefactor; still, David served him well.3. In the days when Saul turned on him and pursued to kill him, he led a group who followed him with sacrificial trust and loyalty.
B. Upon becoming king, he led the Israelites to victory over many nations with the help of God.C. The military and service went hand in hand for David.
III. WORSHIPING SERVANT.
A. Psa 122:1B. Psa 29:2
IV. PRAYING SERVANT.
A. Psa 54:1-2B. Psa 55:17C. Psa 119:164
V. SUFFERING SERVANT.
A. 1Sa 17:28B. He suffered after he was king.C. He suffered from Absalom (his son) turning against him.D. He suffered from his lust Ė Bathsheba.
VI. WRITING SERVANT.
A. Luk 24:44B. He wrote many psalms.
1. Rejoicing.2. Frustration.3. Stress.4. Praise.
VII. PREPARATORY SERVANT.
A. He prepared the building of the temple.B. The temple today is the church.C. Those who reject or bash or scorn the church do so to something the Lord had intended.
VIII. SERVANT TO THE END.
A. 1 Kings 11 tells of the downfall of a once glorious king Ė Solomon.
1. 1Ki 11:1-42. Solomon was known for his wisdom and still fell, but David never worshiped idols of the day
B. He left a legacy.C. He sinned deeply, but repented.D. David led a full life Ė a champion among the faithful.
1. 1Ch 29:282. He died at the age of 70 years old.3. He was not sinless; but neither are we.
1. David illustrated the significance of being an obedient servant.2. We may never be the author David was.3. We may never be the military leader David became.4. We may not suffer the way he did.5. But we can be a praying and worshiping servant.6. We can be preparatory by repenting and preparing for our eternity by being baptized today.7. Once we are, we are expected to be a servant to the end.