Inspiring Bible Stories About David

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There are many great Bible stories about David who God called “a man after his own heart”. These Bible story recaps are great for a story on the life of David and can also be used for a Sunday School lesson or Bible devotional.

David Anointed by Samuel

The first time we see the young man David in the Bible is when the prophet Samuel comes to Jesse’s house looking for the next king of Israel. King Saul had been rejected by God—though he still sat on the throne. God said in 1 Samuel 13 that He would remove the kingdom from Saul and give it to a “man after his own heart” (1 Samuel 13:13, 14). In chapter 16 Samuel went to Jesse’s house looking to anoint the new king.

David was Jesse’s son and the youngest of eight brothers. Samuel looked over the other brothers and knew that God had not chosen any of them. Samuel asked Jesse if there were any more sons to consider. In 1 Samuel 16:11 Samuel said that he would eagerly wait until David came from the pasture where he was tending the sheep. Samuel anointed David as king even though he was still a young man. We don’t know how old David was when this took place, but it is commonly believed that he was just a boy between the ages of 8 and 12.

Bible Stories About David

David has mamy great Bible stories about his life

David and Goliath

After David was anointed king he did not immediately take the throne. In fact, it was many years into the future before David sat on the throne of Israel. Saul was still the king when the Philistines came to threaten the Israeli army in 1 Samuel 17. This is the chapter that contains the famous story of David killing Goliath, the giant.

Goliath stood before the army of Israel and challenged anyone who dared to a duel. David had been sent by his father to deliver food to his older brothers on the battlefield. When David arrived he was justifiably angry that Goliath had slandered the God of Israel, yet none of the military men were brave enough to go against Goliath.

David went to King Saul to ask permission to fight the giant. The young man who stood before Saul gave testimony to the fact that God had helped him fight a lion and a bear to protect his sheep. He was confident that God would stand with him as he fought against Goliath. Though Saul probably did not believe David could do such a thing, he allowed David to go to the battle.

The shepherd boy took up five smooth stones from the brook and ran to Goliath, who was over 9 feet tall, arming his sling. David let fly one stone which sunk into the forehead of the giant. David then took the mammoth sword of Goliath and cut off his giant head. This began an immediate dispersal of the Philistine army. The army of Israel caught, killed and captured many from the opposing army.

David and Jonathan

King Saul’s son was David’s best friend. Jonathan and David spent many hours and days together. David went out as a military leader. He probably was very close to King Saul and his whole family at one time. Because of the success of David though, Saul turned against him.

When Jonathan learned that his dad wanted to kill David, he warned David to flee (1 Samuel 20). David and Jonathan were close friends even through adversity. Even after David became king and Saul was dead, he treated the family of Jonathan with great kindness.

Cutting Part of Saul’s Robe

After David escaped from King Saul with the help of Jonathan he continued on the run for several years. On at least two occasions he had the opportunity to kill Saul and take the throne that had already been promised to him by God.

Saul sought for David to destroy him in 1 Samuel 24. Saul took an army of 3000 men to fight David and his band of 600. David and his men were hiding in a cave when Saul entered. David crept up behind Saul and cut off part of his coat without Saul knowing. Even though his men encouraged David to kill Saul at that time, David would not do so. He even felt bad for cutting off a portion of the king’s robe. He said to his men afterwords, “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.”

All of chapter 24 of 1 Samuel is worth reading. Saul admitted from that encounter with David that David was wiser and more righteous than Saul. He already knew that David was to be the next king of Israel. Saul asked David to be kind to his family after David became king (24:20-22).

Taking Saul’s Spear and Canteen

Though Saul admitted to knowing that David should be the next king, he did not turn the kingdom over to the young man. He continued to hunt David and try to destroy him. In 1 Samuel 26 Saul is again looking for David. David and Abishai went into the camp of King Saul while they were all sleeping and stole Saul’s spear and canteen of water. After they got away they called to Saul and his men to tell them that David and Abishai could have killed Saul in his sleep. But David still would not lift his hand against the man that God had established as king even though God had already given the kingdom over to David. Chapter 26 of 1 Samuel is another good chapter to read in its entirety.

David the King

Though David had been chosen by God as a young boy, he did not become king over Judah and Israel until approximately 20 years later. When David was 30 years old he was anointed king over both the northern and southern tribes of Israel.

God promised that the kingdom would be established in the family of David forever. Jesus, the king of eternity, was born from David’s family. The kingdom of God was established in David. While David had many weaknesses in his life, he sought to be obedient and humble before God. A truly inspiring life to study.

What is your favorite Bible story involving David? Please share in the comments!

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Jack November 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm

David, this is so good and gives me hope during my frequent battles with depression. I must keep my eyes more on Jesus and truly Jonathan and David is a godly model of friendship. I want to express my gratitude to you and all the writers here at this site for their exemplary works in the Word of God. Inspiring indeed.


David Peach November 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Thank you for your comment Jack. I appreciate you taking the time to read my articles. I have enjoyed reading yours as well.

David certainly had his own struggles with sin, but he often turned back to God with a broken and contrite heart (Psalm 51). With the exception of a couple of occasions, he never seemed to hold on to his sin long before he went to God in confession.


Christian church yorba linda November 29, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Nice anecdotes David. There’s a lot to learn in the bible. Keep up the good work.


david collett July 10, 2012 at 5:54 am

I searched the story of david one because i have the same name and second because i have been battling with sin and run to god and aim to be a blessing to god and humble. and one day i did something i wasnt happy about and instantly felt wrong so ipray and wrote down the exspericance, now my friends read this and said you are like david the king you should read of him, so in reading this i am proud of his name and aegerly persue to be as good as him. thank you for the article.


David Peach July 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm

David, that is great that other people could see that you are like our namesake.


michael biney-quansah December 2, 2012 at 1:06 am

i like the things of God very much and would like you to to be sending me alot of things about God through the e-mail provided above.


Destiny January 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

This really helped with my homework in high school


Joanna March 26, 2019 at 9:56 pm

I actually have to do a report on David, do you have any tips on anything?


Jack Wellman March 26, 2019 at 9:59 pm

I would just focus on David’s repentance and God’s forgiveness. He did a very bad thing, yet, he was still a man after God’s own heart.


Yesu Rajan February 11, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Daivd was kind to saul when God put saul into daivd power than also Daivd not killed Saul he was faithful to Saul the king and to God.


mark April 24, 2013 at 3:47 am

Patient, understanding, courageous and kind and obedient to God…


Favour david July 29, 2013 at 5:28 am

By the grace of God with this i will learn about God


Johnpeter iwu August 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Am bless through dis arctle,pls me thing of God in my e-mail,i wil be if my greated


Mark Daniel February 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Faith overcomes fear. That’s the message from the scripture. Of all the Biblical teachings these are my favorite. Daniel in the Lion’s Den is another. There are so many. But, sadly, even the most devoted church goers sometimes seem to let fear get the best of them. As a people we have to pray for signs and guidance, David got his with the Lion and the Bear. My prayers are always answered. In these troubled times I think it is important to remind the faithful THAT WE ARE NOT ALONE. Perhaps a series of teachings from the Bible regarding faith overcoming fear will do a great deal of healing as we go forward as a people.

God Bless You All

Mark Daniel


jean whitfield November 4, 2015 at 12:02 pm

I love knowing that when God told David that the sword would never depart from his house because of his sins he kept on loving God and being obedient. He accepted God’s justice


David Clark August 3, 2017 at 9:49 am

I rise, I fall short, I pray , I learn, I grow stronger with gods love everyday. I have never commented on anything I have ever read before I’m just not that open with words but to all that witness his greatness you help me everyday for I am not alone and do not fell I am.


Kamil Kuzminski June 7, 2018 at 1:01 pm

I knew a guy, by the name of David Rios. He was a truly brilliant man. He always saw art as a perspective through life, yet the stigma of racial tension. I met him in a place of division beyond repair. Not physically, but based on judgement. He suffered from malicious people in his own backyard. But not because of the tone of their skin, the reputation that elevated the level toxicity to more than a purple swish of paint across a canvas. He was like my second father. I saw him in my own backyard. He was kind and considerate, yet honest. He required a change. He was my friend.


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