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His Character

May 23, 2021 Pastor: Bryan Glisson Series: Behind the Music

Scripture: 1 Samuel 18:1–18:30, 1 Samuel 24:1–24:22

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Message Points

BEHIND THE MUSIC—KING DAVID    
“His Character”
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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