David's qualities...

  • courageous warrior

  • pure heart

  • worshiper

  • desire for the word

  • respect for God's house

  • sought counsel

  • patient

  • faithful

  • loyal

  • endurance

  • handled betrayal

  • mourn

  • broken

  • humble

  • teachable

  • wasn't a man pleaser

  • get up after a fall

  • emotional

  • raw and authentic

  • gatherer of people

  • approachable

  • leader


1 Samuel 16:7 [NIV], But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."


Acts 13:22 [NIV], After removing Saul, he made David their king.  He testified concerning him:  'I have found David son of Jesse a man after My own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.'


Acts 13:36 [NASB], For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers...


"Men and women of God aren't born, they are developed."

 1 Kings 11:34 [NLT], "But I will not take the entire kingdom from Solomon at this time.  For the sake of my servant David, the one whom I chose and who obeyed my commands and decrees..."

 •   Chose describes "the kind of choosing that is made when more than one item is examined, with only one being selected."


Four things God used to develop David:

 1.  Solitude [being alone]

 There are certain things in our spiritual lives that can't be developed as long as we stay on the go, in the crowd or distracted.

 2.  Obscurity [being unknown or unimportant]

 People may forget about us, but God never will.

 3.  Monotony [tedious repetition and routine]

 God uses our everyday life to shape us into a people prepared for His purpose. 

 4.  Reality [challenges of life]

 1 Samuel 17:34-35, "Your servant was tending his father's sheep.  When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him."

 It was through solitude, obscurity, monotony and reality that David learned how to "king it." 

Jon Duso