Responsible person

  • but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s flock at Bethlehem. 1 Sam 17:15 AMP
  • Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry. 1 Sam 17:20 NIV

Looked down by family

  • Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” Jesse replied, “There is still one left, the youngest; he is tending the sheep.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Send word and bring him; because we will not sit down [to eat the sacrificial meal] until he comes here.” 1 Sam 16:11 AMP
  • When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.” 1 Sam 17:28 NIV

Passionate about insult against God

  • David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 1 Sam 17:26 NIV

Remembered past deliverances & trusted GOD for future deliverance

  • David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:37 ESV

Unique Features

  • “I have found David My servant; With My holy oil I have anointed him Ps 89:20 AMP
COMMENT: Only person about whom GOD said “I found David”

Man of Prayer, Fasting & Worship/Praise

  • I am a man of prayer. Ps 109:4 BSB
  • But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth (mourning garment); I humbled my soul with fasting, And I prayed with my head bowed on my chest. Ps 35:13 AMP
  • My knees are weak from fasting, And my flesh has grown lean, without fatness. Ps 109:24 NASB
COMMENTS: Was a constant worshipper: Wrote most of the Psalms

Sought GOD's Presence

  • Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Ps 84:10 NIV
COMMENT: Desired GOD’s presence more than worldly riches.