This week’s Bible personality in the current “Character Studies” series is David, a man after God’s own heart.
1 Samuel 13:14; 1 Samuel 17:26-50; 1 Samuel 18:6-12; 2 Samuel 12:1-15; Psalm 8:3-4; Psalm 17:5-8; Psalm 18:1-3; Psalm 19:1; Psalm 51:1-12
- Pastor Trev began the study of David by saying, “At times, we set up expectations that are never realized.” What is something significant (positive or negative) that you fully expected to happen, but did not? How did you react to this? Pastor Trev said David had it all. What are some of the things David had/did? (Hint: Hebrews 11:32-34)
- Read 1 Samuel 13:14, Psalm 8:3-4, Psalm 17:5-8, Psalm 18:1-3, and Psalm 19:1. Pastor Trev said mostly what David had was a heart for God. How do these verses demonstrate David’s heart for God?
- The story of David and Goliath, found in 1 Samuel 17, is familiar to most people. What are some of the things about this story that give evidence of David’s love and dependence on God? (Hint: verses 26, 33-36, 37, 40, 45-47, 50).
- Read 2 Samuel 12:1-15 and Psalm 51:1-12. While there are many things to admire about David, the Bible also reveals his shortcomings and sins. The story of David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11) exposes many of David’s shortcomings. One of the worst things was his attempt to hide what he had done. How did Nathan reveal David’s sins? According to Psalm 51:10-12 (written after Nathan’s confrontation), what do we learn about the heart and character of David?
- Pastor Trev concluded by offering three things we can do to develop a heart for God: 1) GRACE—seek God’s mercy by allowing Him to change your heart (Psalm 51:10); 2) GUARD your heart by putting the right stuff into your mind and heart (Psalm 101:3-4); 3) GUIDE your heart by finding what pleases God (Psalm 16:7-9). Take a few minutes to ask God to build in you a greater heart for Him, acknowledging anything which pulls you away from Him.
Getting Ready: Read 1 Kings 1-5, where we meet our next Bible character, Solomon—the man who had it all.