It is important for children to know about the life of King David from the Old Testament. They might know a few stories about his life, but this biography will help them fully understand his life as both a child and king.
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The Life of King David (Biography)
King David was the greatest king of the people of Israel in the Old Testament. He was a great warrior, poet, and leader. When God became displeased with King Saul, he had the Prophet Samuel anoint a young David to become the future king of his people. David showed the strength of God’s blessing in his defeat of the giant Philistine warrior Goliath. King Saul enlisted David in his army, but the young man’s military victories outshined his own successes. After many failed attempts to kill David and defeat him in battle, King Saul died giving David the opportunity to rise to the throne. King David continued his military victories and united the people of Israel against the many enemies that surrounded them. He moved the capital of the kingdom to Jerusalem, where he placed the sacred Ark of the Covenant that held within it the tablets of the Ten Commandments. King David was a great king, but not a perfect man. He sinned by taking Bathsheba from another man to be his wife. He repented and God forgave him. Together with Bathsheba they had a son named Solomon who would be the good king to replace him after his death.
King David Reflection Questions
- How did David become the King of Israel?
- Even the great King David made mistakes. What mistakes have you made that God or
other people have forgiven during your life?
- The authors of the Old Testament showed how King David’s success was a blessing
due to his strong faith and trust in God. In what areas of your life would you like God’s
blessing the most and why?
Download the King David Biography Worksheet
Download this biography worksheet about the life of King David. It includes three questions to help your students reflect on their own lives as it relates to the great king’s life.