Israel took possession of the land of Canaan and was governed by Judges for 400 years. Saul became the first king of Israel but was rejected because of a wilful spirit and repeated disobedience. God said to Saul, “But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you” (1 Samuel 13:14). This man was David.
David was very skilled militarily. Before he became king he defeated Goliath, the Philistine giant. As king he secured peace for Israel by defeating their enemies. What military accomplishment do we read about in 1 Samuel 5:7?
But he had more than physical skill (which Saul also possessed). God called him a “man after God’s own heart”.
David’s Desire To Build A Temple
Once established in Jerusalem, now called “the city of David”, he desired to build a temple for God, but God declined his request because he had shed much blood (1 Chronicles 28:3). Instead God makes a very special promise to David. Read about this in 2 Samuel 7:1-16, especially verses 12-16.
The implications of this promise are very significant.
(1) This promise will be fulfilled first in David’s son Solomon who will build the temple in Jerusalem.
(2) The subsequent Kings of the Nation will all be descendants of David. Some will be very bad but God will show mercy on them and the nation because of this promise to David.
(3) The most important significance however is that ultimately the promise is fulfilled in a perfect King, Jesus Christ.
One last thought on David. David made some serious mistakes. See 2 Samuel 11 and 12 for the dark episode of his life. What does it mean to you that in spite of his serious moral failures God forgave Him and continued to recognize him as a great King?