Resources by David

The Use of the Bow

THE translators have acted very properly in inserting the words, “the use of,” for that is what the passage means; but if you read it without those words the sense is still the same,— “he bade them teach the children of Judah the bow,” that is to say, how to use the bow.      In modern times, critics have said that by the expression “the bow” is meant the song...

2 Samuel 1:17-18

Loyal to the Core

Although the courage of David appears to have failed him when he fled from his son Absalom, yet certain other noble characteristics came out in brilliant relief, and among the rest, his large-heartedness and his thoughtfulness for others. A man in such a desperate condition as he was must have earnestly coveted many friends and have been anxious to retain them all, but yet he would not exact their services...

2 Samuel 15:21

The Threshing-Floor of Ornan

1 Chronicles 21:28

Recruits for King Jesus

1 Chronicles 12:16-18

The Swiftly Running Word

Jul 3 A WORD is the expression of the mind. What a man has thought may live and die within himself, but when he wishes his thought to live in the outer world he embodies it in a word, and thus his thought is made known. Thought without expression is as an arm unlifted, working nothing though it be the mainspring of action; but according to the ability of the man his...

Psalm 147:15

Ziklag; or, David Encouraging Himself in God

Jun 26 WE ought to be deeply grateful to God for the inspired history of the life of his servant David. It was a great life, a vigorous life, a life spent in many positions and conditions. I almost rejoice that it was not a faultless life, for its failings and errors are instructive. It is the life of a man after God’s own heart; but still, the life of one who...

1 Samuel 30:6-8

An Anxious Enquiry for a Beloved Son

Sep 5 This was said by David after a great battle in which many had been slain, and the hosts led by Absalom had fallen to the number of twenty thousand; perishing not only by the sword, but among the thick oaks and tangled briers of the wood, which concealed fearful precipices and great caverns, into which the rebels plunged in their wild fright when the rout set in. His father's anxious...

2 Samuel 18:29

Now Then Do It

Sep 23 You know the circumstances under which these words were spoken. God had cast off Saul because he had not been faithful, and he had appointed David to be his successor, anointing him by the hand of Samuel. Yet when Saul was slain in battle Israel seemed determined to choose her own king, by selecting one of Saul’s family, and under the leadership of Abner the majority of the tribes set...

2 Samuel 3:17,18

The Lion-Slayer- The Giant Killer

Sep 5 WE have all thought a great deal of the courage of David in meeting giant Goliath, but probably we have not given him credit for his conduct in a previous contest. We have not sufficiently noticed that immediately before the encounter with the Philistine he fought a battle which cost him far more thought, prudence, and patience. The word-battle in which he had to engage with his brothers and with...

1 Samuel 17:36-37