12th January 2020.

This week Stephen kicked off our new series looking at the life of David.

What if your life was given to poetry; your experiences expressed through song? What if for every significant event around your life you’d stopped, reflected and written about it – what would you write; how would you describe them? In the new series at Hope we are going to take time to look at one of the most colourful and important characters in the Old Testament – King David. We are going to try and discover more about him – what motivated him? Where his strength came from? How he suffered with fear and spent much of his early life on the run.

David is a man of exceptional strength but also real weakness. He is flawed human being who lived with the favour of God. His life is fascinating and because the amount of time given to him in the Old Testament we get to enter his world and see him at his best and worst. His is an exceptional life – and one of course that carries significance into the New Testament and the coming of the Messiah.

Our journey into this extraordinary life will be by way of the Psalms. Over 15 of them are titled in such a way as to give the context for when and why they were written. Take Psalm 59 for example. The introduction reads: ‘Of David. A miktam. When Saul had sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him.’ So we know exactly what was in David’s heart when he went through this experience because he tells us about it. Now that’s a fascinating insight and what that sheds real light on the character.

We learn a lot about a person when we get a glimpse into their heart and soul. That’s what the Psalms offer us. And not only can we learn a lot about them but about ourselves too. The struggles and strengths of humanity echo down the ages – we are all cut from the same cloth – formed of the same dust. Jealousy, fear, pride, shame, triumph, restraint – its all here, captured in David’s life and our pursuit of him through this series promises to be fascinating on the one hand and challenging on other!

Listen back to Part 1 below.