HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
David is Israel’s second and greatest king. As a boy, David courageously defeats a mighty enemy warrior named Goliath with only a sling and a stone.
As a man, David conquers all of Israel’s enemies and begins a dynasty that would rule Jerusalem for nearly 500 years. But not all the news surrounding David is good.
David perpetrates one of the Bible’s most heinous crimes: He commits adultery with a woman named Bathsheba, who’s the wife of one of David’s most loyal soldiers, Uriah. Then, to cover up the crime, David has Uriah killed. In David’s favour, when the prophet Samuel confronts David with his sin, David repents. Moreover, in God’s favour, God forgives David for his sin, but not without punishing David for his crime.
Beyond David’s royal exploits (and indiscretions), he’s credited with writing many of ancient Israel’s worship songs, which you can read in the Book of Psalms.