YEAH! Church - Sunday, September 12, 2021
"Heroes of the Bible” – Of all the Bible heroes, David is one of the most well-known. After the first king of Israel, Saul, turned out to be a failure, God had Samuel anoint a man He knew would be a better king, David. But David wasn’t perfect either…he also made some pretty big mistakes. However, the one thing David had going for him was his faith in God and his willingness to allow God to correct him when he needed to be. He loved God more than anything, even more than his own life and the book of Psalms contains many songs and poems written by David of his love for God.
Today’s Lesson - “David - God’s Chosen King”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41vnmcocZ1A (Saddleback – David Serves Saul)
Today’s Hero – David (1+2 Samuel)
When Samuel who was Israel’s last judge grew old, the people had decided they wanted a king instead. Israel’s first king, Saul, was exactly what the people wanted, but he wasn’t faithful to God so God chose a new man to replace him as king. God knew that David had a heart to serve Him and had Samuel anoint him as Israel’s new king…while king Saul still reigned!
David’s faith in God was obvious even when he was a teenager. He killed the Philistine giant, Goliath, that had been threatening king Saul’s army; none of the men wanted to fight Goliath—they were too scared. Only David wasn’t frightened, because he knew that God would help him defeat Goliath…and he did. David soon gained a reputation as a great warrior, which only led to king Saul growing jealous of him.
David was the youngest of seven brothers and worked as a shepherd to protect his family’s sheep. It could be a boring job, but David found ways to spend his time. He learned to play the harp, composed many songs and spent his time praying to God. All of this was God’s preparation of David for being the future king. In fact, when king Saul was disturbed, David would play for him and he would feel better.
Eventually, it became too dangerous for David to work for Saul, because of Saul’s jealousy…he wanted David dead, despite the fact that he was married to king Saul’s daughter, Michal, and was best friends with his son Jonathan. For many years David had to stay away from Saul, but during one particularly difficult battle with the Philistines, king Saul died and David became the new king, just as God had planned.
• Growing up, David learned how to be a shepherd, which meant spending his time—daytime and nighttime with the sheep. He learned to play the harp, wrote songs and got very good at using a sling. How might you spend your time if you were David?
• When all the army were afraid to fight Goliath, David wasn’t. Why not?
• David was anointed to be king, while king Saul still reigned. Why would this have been a problem?
• Even though many years passed before David would become king, he always trusted God. What do you think would have been the hardest part about having to wait for the promise to come true?
Psalm 145:1-3, NLT - “I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever. 2 I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever. 3 Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.”
Prayer – Dear God, help me to get to know and love you the way that David did. Thank you that you kept your promise to David; I know that you still keep your promises. Help me to trust you!
~ Pastor Jane
In addition to being a church minister, Pastor Jane is also a trained teacher and has many years of experience working with children in churches, camps, daycares and schools. Parents' Corner is provided to give parents and caregivers support especially as pertains to mental health and related topics.
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