God’s destined purpose for David to lead Israel as King had come, but not without a lot of challenges along the way.  Throughout the journey towards kingship, David experienced the deliverance of the Lord from his seemingly low stature as the youngest shepherd son of Jesse.

1 Samuel 16:11 recounts as the Prophet Samuel was looking to anoint the next king: “’Are all your sons here?’ And he said, ‘There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.’ And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.’”

Young David was clearly foregone as an option, yet he was chosen as the next leader of the nation. However, as the next appointed king, the current king Saul, who had gone against God’s will, was hell-bent on getting rid of David.

After defeating the Philistine giant, Goliath, David acclaimed the people’s trust and praise while Saul was pushed into the background. The demented king grew jealous over David and tried assassinating him several times.

David overcame, though he did so perilously and with much trial.

As the story goes, David eventually became king of Israel by God’s providential act when Saul was defeated in battle. Acts 13:22 says, “After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do. ‘”

Ever since then, David had the moniker of being “the man after God’s own heart”. Here are four tough life lessons that we can learn from king David:

  1. Chosen despite of other’s misconceptions
    In rejection and weakness, God spurred David to become one of the greatest leaders of all time. Even though he was considered the least in his family, God considered him worthy of leading the nation because of David’s heart towards the Lord.
  1. Chosen despite the tough journey
    The Lord often trains anointed leaders not in comfort and peace but through pain and times of conflict, like He did with David. He had to go through terrible ordeals that later equipped him in his reign as king.
  1. Chosen despite the iniquity
    Even when David fell into terrible sins, God did not turn away from him but continued to guide David in his repentance. David was still a sinner and gave into some deadly temptations such as adultery with Bathsheba and consequently having her husband Uriah killed in battle. When David sinned, he went back to the Lord in humility and contriteness, as the Lord forgave him.
  1. Chosen to conquer the enemies within and without
    A moment’s encounter with the giant propelled David into his destined realm but his constant encounter with the Lord remained and sustained him there, even unto his old age. David not only conquered the surrounding enemy nations of Israel that constantly attacked them, but he overcame the personal lies of rejection and insignificance that the enemy placed to hinder him from his God-given role in history.

More than Goliath to be delt with on the exterior, David was given the supernatural power of God to deal with the giants within. This was God’s grace upon David’s life that made him the best King of all Israel and was promised a perpetual throne:

As 2 Chronicles 6:16 declares, “You shall not lack a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk in my law as you have walked before me.”

With these four tough life lessons, David was able to overcome and conquer. Under his kingship, the people of Israel enjoyed true security in the Lord and inaugurated the true worship of Israel’s God. With God leading David, and David leading the nation, Israel went into its golden age as the nation that God favored and blessed.

 “And the fame of David went out into all lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.” 1 Chronicles 14:17

Just like David, God wants to help you overcome all that hinders you from discovering your truest self in the Lord and walk on the path you’ve been destined to conquer.

You may be battling with what others say and think about you but God has chosen you regardless.

You might be in a tough situation right now facing the wilderness, but God is still with you to guide you.

You might have fallen into sin and its consequences, but God can still redeem you and save you from that bondage.

You might be doubting that God still loves you and has chosen you for a purpose, take heart in the fact that like David, God will be there to lead you all the way.


Writer’s Bio:   Mike Yap is first and foremost a slave of the Lord Jesus—redeemed as a wretched sinner by grace—and called as a wordsmith, speaker, visionary, and creativist for His Church.  
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