Acts 13 verse 22 states that God said David was a man after God’s own heart. David was humble, reverent, he relied on God, was filled with praise and adoration for God. He wrote numerous psalms which reflect all these things. He was open and honest with God, and desired more than anything to do God’s will and bring Him glory. He was concerned for God’s glory and honour – seen in the story of David and Goliath 1 Samuel chapter 17.
Goliath was shouting out curses and blaspheming against God and his people. David was confident that God would help him defeat the enemies because of this. The one time that we know he disobeyed God – committed adultery and then murdered to try and cover his sin brought about deep repentance when God convicted him resulting in his writing Psalm 51.
Tribe of Judah
David was the second King of Israel, and the first king from the tribe of Judah. In Genesis chapter 38 Jacob prophecies about each one of his sons, and of Judah he says “the sceptre will not depart from Judah” indicating that kings would come from the line of Judah, and the line would be everlasting.
Jesus was born into the tribe of Judah and from the line of David. God also said that David’s line would be eternal (2 Samuel 7:13); this has been fulfilled through Jesus, who reigns forever. In the new Jerusalem David will have no more significance than any other of God’s servants. This is because, ultimately, David is a picture of King Jesus and therefore in the new creation all will be focused on the true, ultimate king: Jesus.
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