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David (1)



While no more inspired than any other Scripture, Psalms 23 is, indeed, one of its crown jewels. “Using common ancient near-eastern images,” writes one expositor, “David progressively unveils his personal relationship with the LORD.” David refers to the LORD as his Shepherd (Jehovah-Rā‘â,), and then in beautiful poetry speaks of what he receives from his Shepherd: protection (Psa_23:1-4), provision (Psa_23:5), and permanence (Psa_23:6).

Let us consider the nameDavid. While the etymology is uncertain, it is commonly believed that Dāwiḏ (H1732) is derived from the root dôḏ (H1730), meaning “beloved, loved one, and even uncle” (e.g., Lev_20:20). Most of its fifty-eight occurrences refer to “the beloved” in Song of Solomon. As David prefigures Messiah (Eze_34:23-24; Eze_37:24-25; Hos_3:5; Jer_30:9), who in turn was spoken of as the Father’s “beloved Son” (Mat_3:17), this etymology seems at least possible.

While there is much detail about this pivotal character—his name appears more than 1,000 times—we can briefly summarize David with seven words:

(1) Son. The youngest of eight brothers, David was the son of Jesse of Bethlehem, grandson of Ruth and Boaz, tracing his heritage back to Abraham and then forward to Messiah (Mat_1:1-17). Anointed secretly by Samuel as the next king (1Sa_16:1-13), this young man was infused with the Spirit and destined for true greatness. (2) Shepherd. Oh, the lessons he learned as a shepherd! Courage, compassion, care, and much more helped mold a leader. (3) Singer. A musician and poet without equal, David penned most of the Psalms, providing unprecedented praise to God. (4) Soldier. Facing Goliath in his youth and later entire armies, David was a true warrior who received his power from God. (5) Sovereign. In a forty-year reign (1010–970 BC), the Hebrew nation reached the peak of its unity and power under King David’s leadership. (6) Sinner. As no one is perfect, David fell into sin, the most grievous of which was adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah. The consequences of sin are great, and untold misery came to David’s household. (7) Savior. Not David himself, of course, but the “Son of David,” Jesus Christ, who would save His people from their sins and sit on David’s throne.

Scriptures for Study:Read Psalms 51, David’s great psalm of repentance.



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Great Is His Mercy

Psalms 103:8-14
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy,” Psalm 103:8.

Looking outside my window, a little, brown sparrow scratches the ground until she finds a tasty bug, then with the dinner in her beak off she flies, no doubt, to feed hungry baby birds waiting in the nest. God loves that bird and her little family and provides for them, but He loves us more.
God loves us with a love that cannot be measured with human instruments and from that love His mercy flows—rich, full to overflowing. King David benefited from His mercy, and God allowed him to write about that bountiful mercy—for our sake—to remind us that we, too, are the benefactors of His great mercy.
God shows us mercy every day. When we deserve punishment, He gives us training (Psalm 103:2-5). He gives us His Word to light our path (Psalm 119:105). He is our hiding place and our shield (Psalm 119:114). His mercy is everlasting (Psalm 103:17).
My friend, never allow Satan to convince you that God does not love you! He loves you more than any of His creation, and He shows it by the great mercy He bestows on you each day.

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee (Psalm 86:5).

Beverly Barnett

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PSALM 37:3

  1. The Believer’s Object of Trust – The LORD

    II Samuel 22:3 – The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

He is my rock – a solid place.

He is my shield – my protection

He is my horn of salvation – the source that keeps.

He is my high tower – sight to see

He is my refuge – my place to run to for saftey, when hurting or questioning.

He is my Saviour – Everlasting life.

  1. The Believer’s Mode of Life – do good

Jer 21:8 – And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.


Proverbs 6:23 – For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the WAY OF LIFE.

A path well lit leads to life

  1. The Believer’s Place of Abode – in the land

Matt. 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt and where thieves break through and steal:

Hebrews 11:8 – By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, oveyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10. For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

  1. The Believer’s Certainty of Provision. – shalt be fed.

Psalm 132:13-18 – For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his havitation. 14. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. 15. I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. 16. I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy. 17. There will I make the horn of David to bud; I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. 18. His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.

Bread – cloth with salvation – filled with joy- crowned with plenty

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