King David Essay, Research Paper
In this essay I will be talking about the life of King David. He was a man who
went from being a giant slayer, to a king, to a man in exile and, then he went
back to being a great man. As a boy, David was a shepherd. He took care of his
father’s sheep. He was a very courageous boy. When a wolf tried to steal a sheep,
he didn’t run, he stood his ground and killed the wolf. One day his father told
him to go to the land where his brothers were fighting a war against the
Philistines. When he got there, he saw the giant Goliath cursing God and making
fun of the Hebrew warriors. David was the only person there with enough courage
to fight Goliath. With God’s help David killed Goliath with a sling and a stone
from a brook nearby. When he killed Goliath, the Philistines were really scared.
They all fled for their lives and the Hebrews won the war. During David’s life
he makes many friends. One of the people who was David’s friend was king Saul.
David played his harp for Saul and made him feel better when life was getting
him down. David also becomes good friends with, Jonathan, Saul’s son. Saul gets
envious of David because the people of Saul’s kingdom really like David. Saul
tried to have David killed but, Jonathan finds out about the plot and saves
David’s life. Later on in life David became king of all Israel. One day David
was up on the roof of his palace and he saw Bathsheba bathing on her roof.
Instead of turning away from his sinful thoughts, he had her called to his
chamber where he lay with her, and had sexual intercourse. David didn’t think
before he acted and he got Bathsheba pregnant. He had no idea how to get out of
the predicament he was in. David summoned Bathsheba’s husband Uriah back from
battle. He told Uriah to go lay with his wife for the night, but Uriah was loyal
to King David and would not leave the King’s side. That night Uriah slept with
the rest of the King’s warriors, instead of his own wife who he hadn’t see in
days. The next night David tried to get Uriah drunk so he could trick him into
lying with his wife. But still Uriah remains loyal to David and, he will not
leave his King. Then David came up with an idea to have Uriah fight in the front
of the battle where the fighting was fiercest and David knew that Uriah would be
killed. Uriah is killed in battle and David is allowed to marry Bathsheba. She
bears him a child, and life is good, but David’s sins are found out by the
prophet Nathan and he loses his position as King. The child Bathsheba had for
David dies because David sinned against God. David is exiled and he finds
himself living in a cave. God hadn’t give up on David. He still had a plan for
David’s life. By David being exiled, it allows David to write the book of Psalms.
These writings are very inspiring.