CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 13:22. “And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will”.

Our key scripture describes David as a man after God’s heart. The name David also means ‘Beloved’. The life of David is a story about one of the great men of faith who distinguished himself so much. There is so much references made about him and we would not be able to go through a number of them. I pray the Holy Spirit would enlighten our hearts and minds to learn from this great servant of God and walk in the path of the just as he walked. (Proverbs 4:18)

David is the great grandson of Ruth, that faithful Moabite woman who would not leave Naomi when everything had gone bad with her. Ruth gave birth to Obed and Obed gave birth to Jesse and Jesse gave birth to David. David was the youngest of the eight sons of Jesse, and he was a shepherd boy.

As our key scripture says David was a man whose heart was after God. When Samuel came to Jesse’s house to anoint one of his sons to be the next king of Israel, he looked on Eliab and said this is the one. God said, look not on the countenance or the height of his stature, because I have refused him for the Lord seeth not as man seeth, for man looketh on the outside appearance but the Lord looketh on the heart. This is a very powerful revelation to all. God is not enthused about the things people see and praise men for. God considers the heart that fears and cherishes his word. The man that places him first. God gave Saul to the Israelites, not because he pleased him, yet He gave him to them because in their minds that was the kind of king they wanted. In David was a man who had no regard for the praise of men but the glory of God. Life is all about the place God occupies in our heart.

 Psalm 104:34 “My meditation of Him shall be sweet. I will be glad in the Lord”. Listen again to what he says in Psalm 119:97 “O how I love thy law. It is my meditation all day”. This was the fundamental secret of David’s success. He was a grand lover of God, not a follower of things or fame.

David did not live to achieve anything for himself, he lived purposely for the GLORY OF GOD to be seen through Him.

May the Lord help us to discover this unique character as we embark on this study.

  PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help me to capture deep down in my spirit the beauty of the life and character of your servant David as we take this study.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Samuel 16:13. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

1 Samuel 16:18 ” Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.”

CHARACTER STUDY: SAUL 10

1 Samuel 28:6 ” And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.”

Saul at this stage was fully in the grips and control of Satan. There was no regard for the way of God in him. He repeatedly went after David even to the point that, on two occasions David found him sleeping but spared his life. He still kept following David to slay him. Life has only two ways; God’s way and Satan’s way. You would always fail if you despise God, but would triumphantly reign in life if you submit yourself to pleasing God. Choose life by choosing God.

From our key scripture Saul was faced with an impending war with the Philistines who had a very large army. King Saul was very much afraid. He enquired of God in whatever means possible but had no response. Dear child of God, don’t walk in disobedience and then in challenging times expect to receive a response from the Lord. Proverbs 1:26 ” I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;”

Saul decided to consult a witch who would enquire from the spirit of Samuel what would happen. The Lord throughout the Holy Scriptures have said, no one should consult a witch. (Lev. 19:3). “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek alter wizard to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God”. The Lord said you defile yourself if you consult any of these people. The witches described in the bible are the present-day fetishes, Mallams. All these fetishes we find around according to the Bible are witches or wizards. They operate with familiar spirits and use enchantments, divinations, necromancy and many more. (For further understanding to these topics please get my book ARE GHOSTS REAL?)

In 1st Samuel 28:7-23, the witch acting as a medium called up the spirit of Samuel (was it really the spirit of Samuel? Find the answers in ARE GHOSTS REAL?)

This spirit told him God has rejected him and chosen David and THAT he would be killed in the war. Dear child of God, do not act against the scriptures because times are difficult. God had said do not consult a witch or anyone with a familiar spirit. There are some Christians who choose to go to find missing items from the Mallams or fetishes. Every Mallam or fetish operate with demons whose main agenda is to destroy humans. The Bible said you would be defiled by them when you consult them. (Lev. 19:31)

Saul ultimately died by falling on his own sword during the war. (1st Samuel 31:4). The end of a rebellious man. Don’t go that way.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, I pray for any leader who is following the path of self. Bring a strong conviction on him and make him turn away.

 FURTHER STUDIES

1 Samuel 31:8-9 ” And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa.

And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish it in the house of their idols, and among the people”.

CHARACTER STUDY: KING SAUL 9.

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 18:9 ” And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.”

Saul began to be envious of David from the day the women praised David higher in victory than him.

Let’s consider the acts of envy working in a man. In verse 11 the Bible said “And Saul cast the javelin for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice”. Saul is now a murderer, seeking to kill David. Remember it was David who used to play the music that drove out the spirit of madness or depression that tormented him. David also saved the whole of Israel and Saul’s life who was the captain of the host of the armies of Israel, yet he wanted to kill him. Envy eats you up like acid. It controls and makes a devil out of you.

What will Saul have done if all these feats had been achieved by Jonathan? He would have been comfortable and given him all the needed courtesies because he was his biological son and would be succeeding him. I wish to ask. WHO IS YOUR SON OR WHO IS YOUR DAUGHTER? Anyone who by virtue of divine program comes under your supervision, control, and influence becomes your son or daughter. Those that you biological brought up are your sons and daughters, because they remain under your supervision, support and control. (If your biological child decides to kick against your authority, although he remains your child the fellowship breaks) You take pleasure in their development, achievement and successes. You must do likewise for the others who are not your biological children. It adds satisfaction to your soul and mind especially if they are making successes in life. Even if they are not excelling lovingly appreciate and encourage them like you would do to your biological children.

Saul could have rejoiced over David’s successes and that would have instantly destroyed the power of the devil that was tormenting him. Love, true love for all is a great medicine that heals far more than any tranquilizer you can think about. WHAT IS YOURS NOW IS THAT WHICH IS IN YOUR HANDS. You would one day leave it. Enjoy it fully today by giving that thing or person all the love and support.

Verse12 says “And Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with Him and was departed from Saul”. How unwise Saul became. He knew He God was with David yet he desired to destroy him.  God would fight the man who fights his servants. Saul was up against God and not David.

 PLEASE, WHEN YOU ATTACK ANYONE WITHOUT A CAUSE YOU ARE FIGHTING GOD, AND YOU ARE BOUND TO LOSE BADLY

   PRAYER

Heavenly Father Grant your children wisdom to live above the desires of their flesh. Let your children walk in in the light of your word.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Samuel 18:18-19 ” And David said unto Saul, who am I? and what is my life, or my father’s family in Israel, that I should be son in law to the king? But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul’s daughter should have been given to David, that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife.”

CHARACTER STUDY: KING SAUL 8

KEY SCRIPTURE:1 Samuel 18:21” And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, thou shalt this day be my son in law in the one of the twain”.

King Saul pursues his obsession to kill David. He decides to give him his eldest daughter to marry. This was a trap to get him killed. Saul’s younger daughter Michal was the one who eventually got married to David.

King Saul said he was not taking any dowry form David but the dowry was a hundred foreskins of the Philistines instead. (1st Sam.18:25) God was on David’s side, and he had absolutely confided in God. Instead of a hundred foreskins he brought two hundred. The enemy plans to destroy you and God also seeks to turn the situation for your promotion. It is who you choose to align with, that determines whether God will vindicate you or Satan will cut you down.

In 1st Samuel 19:1-3 Saul tells his son Jonathan to kill David yet Jonathan unveils this plan to David and he escaped. Michal David’s wife also helped him to escape. In all these  events God put David in favor with Saul’s children who were supposed to be a snare unto Him.. (Rome 8;28) David visited Samuel in Ramah. Saul enquired of it and sent messengers to go for him. When they got there, they started prophesying. He sent another group and they also joined the prophets to prophesy. After sending a number of people he decided to go himself. He was also taken over by the Spirit of God and started prophesying too. David went to the same place that Saul and his men went but they were taken over by the Spirit and kept prophesying without being able to control themselves. This thing had no effect on David.

Isn’t it amazing?  The very atmosphere that took Saul and his men captive had no effect on David. As a child of God your stance with God will distinct you from what is happening to everybody. What is affecting everybody negatively should not affect you. (1st Samuel 19:24) Saul prophesied till he was naked. Inspite of all these Saul kept pursuing David. Why didn’t the Lord, just kill Saul so David will be free to be king. Saul had fallen out of favor with God and so was in the hands of the devil. The Lord allowed him to go to whatever length he intended, to prepare David to learn a few things before taking over the throne.

David learnt to forgive a leader who was wrongly following him. He learnt about God’s ability to deliver him from his enemies. David had to learn patience. He had been anointed to be the next king but he was dwelling in caves, in the forests and even in the lands of the enemy. God in His wisdom prepares us for higher roles by allowing certain difficult situations to trial us. James 1:2-4 tells us vividly about the great benefits of trails that come our way.

 He says we must count it all joy.

 PRAYER

I pray for all leaders in waiting to be patient to go through every training God allows for them to go through.

FURTHER STUDIES.

James 1:2-4 ” My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers’ temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

Romans 8:28. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”.

CHARACTER STUDY: KING SAUL 7.

KEY SCRIPTURE:1 Samuel 18:7 “And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands”.

The rest of the story of King Saul from this time is mainly about his jealousy or envy of David and his pursuit of him to kill him.

It all started when the women who met the soldiers from the battle with the Philistines sang in praises of David. The women said Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousand. This act made king Saul very angry and the saying of these women displeased him a lot. He said they have ascribed unto David ten thousand and unto me but thousands, and what can he have more but the kingdom? (1st Samuel 18:8). King Saul from this moment hated David and chased him to whatever length to get him slain.

Someone said these women were the cause of all the troubles of David. No, they were not the cause. The cause was the wrong personality of King Saul. To the pure all things are pure. To the froward everything is forward. Listen to what King Saul said, they have ascribed ten thousand to David and thousand to me, what can he have more. Note this:  it was not David saying or singing but his mind quickly saw David going for the kingdom. Saul has become so self-centered that he took the kingdom to be his personal property. He had soon forgotten that God chose him without any effort from his end. If God chose him, can’t this same God choose another person to take over? Note: Nothing on this earth is yours, we use them and leave them, period.

Too many people are trying to protect what they must give up to God to protect for them. Your life as a human being was given to you by God without anything you ever did. Why are you trying to keep yourself from freely giving over your life to Jesus? Why is it difficult Mr. Christian to trust the Lord with your life.?. Your worry and weeping are all signs of not being ready to let God have you totally. Don’t be like Saul. Give the kingdom into God’s hands. Let God have your life.

Saul was envious of David. What is envy? Envy is to have an evil eye towards another person, desiring that an evil thing happens to the person, because of an advantage you THINK the person has over you. Envy will put you in the hands of the devil to be used against that individual. Envy would cause you to tell lies about that person, it can even lead you to physically attack the person. Some people even poisoned those they envied Get out of envy by appreciating God for whatever he does in the lives of others and also grateful for what he has done or doing in your life.

Answer this question: can the glory of any plant be found in another plant?

   PRAYER

Father, open the eyes of all Christians to know that you are Lord and that we have not begun to live until we have allowed you to have us wholly.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Samuel 18:8 ” And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?”

1 Samuel 18:11.”  And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice”.

CHARACTER STUDY: KING SAUL 6

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 16:14 ” But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.”

The scriptures reveal this time that the spirit of the Lord left Saul and an evil spirit from God entered him. One may ask does God have evil spirits? No, God does not have evil spirit but may allow an evil spirit to take over a man’s life because of the individual unwillingness to repent. In the story of Job the Bible recorded in Job 1:16 “…the fire of God is fallen from heaven and has burnt up the sheep… “. These people speaking from their understanding said the fire of God had fallen to destroy the sheep. We know by the revelation of the scriptures that it was not God who brought that fire. What is consistent about God is that He is light and there is no darkness in Him. 1st John 1:5, James 1:17

Any child of God who walks in disobedience is walking in the flesh. Such a person has forfeited his place of abode, that is in the spirit. Romans 8:9 “But ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit… “. To be in the flesh means you have no protection, guidance and support from the Spirit of God. Demons would easily take over such a person and torment you. Romans 8:6 ” To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

David was called to play the harp so King Saul could feel refreshed. Indeed, when David played the evil spirit left him. Once again, we realize that this spirit was a demon that had come to torment king Saul.

In chapter 17, we are introduced to the battle between the Israelites and the Philistines in which Goliath stood to challenge the Israelites to produce a champion to fight him. Goliath’s appearance was really formidable and frightening. Saul and his men were paralysed with fear. Saul was without the Holy Spirit so he could do nothing about the challenge of the enemy. Every Christian has the Holy Spirit dwelling in him or her. You are therefore equal or greater than every challenge Satan throws at you. All you need is to show up, and face the devil. When you get scared you have only locked up the mighty Holy Spirit inside you and He cannot do anything. Just face the situation in the name of the Lord and you would surely overcome the devil.

In 1st Samuel 17:25 King Saul who was supposed to lead the Jews to fight the enemy had rather placed a prize reward for anyone who defeats Goliath. He had shed off his duty. Dear leader without the Holy Spirit you are empty and will not be able to play your role effectively as you ought to. Keep your fellowship with Him.

 PRAYER

Heavenly Father, I pray for all leaders to continually maintain a constant fellowship with the spirit.

Further Studies:

1 Samuel 17:25.  And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.

CHARACTER STUDY: KING SAUL 5

KEY SCRIPTURE:1 Samuel 15:26. “And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel”.

Prophet Samuel the man of God said to Saul after he had requested that Samuel turn to him so he could worship the Lord, that so long as he had rejected the word of God, God has also rejected him. Saul had not settled his issue with God yet wanted an audience with him. There are some people who show acts of insubordination in church A and they just decide to join church B without settling the issues in church A. It is the same God you have sinned against; going to church B does not take away the sin. Such people join the new church and initially everything seems normal yet in a short moment of time things begin working against them. Settle issues wherever you are, before leaving. Saul needed to settle the issues with God and not just to be accepted by Samuel.

The next point of interest here is the high premium God places on His word. To ignore and not to honour the word means you have stood in His face and said “to hell with your words”, it is a great offence against Him because. It is not just an act of defiling yourself, you have also challenged the authority of his throne.

The Bible said in 1st Samuel 15:27 that as Samuel turned to go, Saul held his garment, which got torn. Then Samuel said to Saul,” the Lord God has rent the kingdom from your hands and given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou”.

God will never run out of men to serve him. Never feel you are indispensable. Jesus said in Matthew 3:9 “.  And think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.”

 Dear child of God, who have been appointed to play certain roles in God’s house; what do you have that was not given to you? Serve God with fear and trembling. God can raise a new person from the most unlikely place.

Saul continued to demonstrated his self-centredness. He said in 1st Samuel 15:30 “Then he said, I have sinned yet honor me now, i pray thee before the elders of my people, and before Israel….”. Saul’s concern was not God who had despised him but to be honoured before the   Elders of his people and from Israel. It was not the people that was his problem. His problem was a lack of knowledge of who God was, based on an undue self-love. This is the real cause of failure for many who serve God, especially those who have attained some level of high public recognition because of what God’s Spirit uses them to do. Pray always that this self would not get in the way between you and the Lord. Amen

PRAYER

Father I pray for all leaders to know you and free themselves from self-love to rather love you above all things.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Samuel 15:35. And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless, Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.

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