Scripture: 1 Samuel 18:1–18:30, 1 Samuel 24:1–24:22
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BEHIND THE MUSIC—KING DAVID
1 Samuel 18, 1 Samuel 24
Thoughts Concerning Character:
--it is made of the inner reality and quality in which thoughts, speech, decisions, behaviors, and relations are rooted
--its core lies deeper than values and far deeper than philosophies, allegiances, or accomplishments
--it is the habits of the heart
--it is a long obedience in the same direction
--it is more than a collection of occasional behaviors or a set of good intentions; it is rather who we are through and through
--Hebrew thought sees it as morality and carries the idea of “righteousness” which is not just a matter of what we do or say but is the substance from which we operate—a righteous core of existence found in God
--it determines behavior just as behavior demonstrates it
Introduction: When we study the lives of King Saul and the soon to be King David, we find a stark contrast in their character. Saul was small in character, while David was large in character.
The Presentation of David’s Life
- He Behaved Wisely Even In Life’s Promotions (1 Samuel 18:5)
- He Behaved Wisely Even In Life’s Problems (1 Samuel 18:14)
- He Behaved Wisely Even In Life’s Possibilities (1 Samuel 18:30)
The Priorities of David’s Life
- He was Surrendered (1 Samuel 18:10)
- He was Steadfast (1 Samuel 18:11)
- He was Submissive (1 Samuel 18:13)
The Perception of David’s Life
- His Public Perception
- From Saul’s Family (1 Samuel 18:1-4; 1 Samuel 18:28b)
- From Saul Himself (1 Samuel 18:7-9, 1 Samuel 18:28a)
- From Saul’s Servants (1 Samuel 18:16, 1 Samuel 18:30)
- His Personal Perception (1 Samuel 18:17-23) (Proverbs 27:2)
The Purity of David’s Life
- The Integrity of His Character (1 Samuel 24:5-7)
- The Integrity of His Confrontation
- He took the first step (1 Samuel 24:8a)
He humbled himself before Saul (1 Samuel 24:8b)
He spoke the truth (1 Samuel 24:9-11)
He committed to do the right thing (1 Samuel 24:12-13)
He allowed God to do the judging (1 Samuel 24:14-15)
- The Integrity of His Consolation (1 Samuel 24:16-22)
Application: As you observe David’s life, you will find that it was not perfect; but it was a life built on character. The foundation his character was built on his faith in his God. Are you a person of character?
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