David- before King
David’s life span was approximately from 1005-970 BC. One of The first major episodes in David’s life was being chosen by God to be the future King of Israel and being anointed by the prophet Samuel. Before this David was a shepherd, tending his fathers sheep.
During the time of King Saul’s distress, David was called upon to comfort the King and play his harp for him. He was favored by the King and would soon become an armor-bearer.
When the Philistines attacked the Israelites David was sent to bring food to his brothers. While he was there he saw the Philistine champion Goliath and saw how the Israelite army was terrified of him. But David wasn’t, he picked five stones from a river and then with only his sling and five stones, he challenged Goliath and killed him with one stone.
After his victory over the Philistines, Saul gave his daughter Michal in marriage to David and made him commander over his armies. But as David led the Israelite army to more and more victories, Saul began to grow jealous of him. The songs sung by women fueled Saul’s anger: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.”
Once Saul even threw his spear at David in anger but missed David twice. The Lord was with David and protected him from the jealous King.
While David served under King Saul he met Jonathan, Saul’s son, and from there a brotherly friendship began, one that could not be broken, even by the King’s jealousy.
As Saul’s jealousy grew, so did his desire to kill David. But Jonathan warned David before his father could do anything harmful to him, and David fled into the wilderness. Nothing would stop the King’s anger as he pursued David into the wilderness. Twice David had the chance to kill Saul and twice he stayed his hand, not giving in to revenge but sparing the Kings life.
Today David is remembered as a poet, musician, warrior, King and the author of most of the Psalms.