KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | February 2018

Bible Heroes: King David

David is probably best remembered for his deep love for God, his bravery, his tendency to make some serious mistakes, and his ability to write beautiful poetry (read the Psalms if you have any doubts). You can read about David’s life in 1 Samuel beginning with chapter 16,  through all of 2 Samuel, ending with his death in 1 Kings 2:11.


  • One of King Saul’s servants described David in 1 Samuel 16:18. David was “a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing [the harp], a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person, and the Lord is with him.”


  • King Saul suffered from depression. In addition to making David his armor-bearer, Saul had him play the harp to help him feel better.


  • David became king in place of Saul. He was 30 years old when he began his reign, which would continue to reign for 40 years.


  • The prophet Samuel described David: “The Lord has sought for Himself a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people.” 


  • One of the best-known events in David’s life was killing the giant Goliath by using a slingshot and a single stone. Talk about brave!


  • David committed horrible sins involving adultery, lies, and murder. Yet God spared him, allowing him to remain on the throne. It was not without serious consequences, however. 


  • David’s throne is thought of as the earthly equivalent of Christ’s throne in heaven. Read Acts 2:29-36 and Revelation 3:21, and see what you think.


  • In the New Testament, Jesus is introduced as the “son of David.”


  • David’s first “job” was a shepherd. He was eventually anointed by Samuel to be king of Israel.


  • David was an amazing musician and song writer. Many of the psalms he wrote contain prophecies about Jesus, such as Psalm 16.