David was the youngest of eight sons. As a boy, David took care of his father’s sheep while his brothers went off to war. As a shepherd, David fought off lions and bears to protect the flock. The experience prepared him for much bigger fights: from taking down the giant Goliath to escaping a tyrant king who wanted to take his life.
In all, David saw the Lord as the mighty God who fought his battles.
In his youth, David was also anointed the future king of Israel by the prophet Samuel. As he grew into the king, David lived a full and flawed life. He accomplished great things while also falling into failure. Though he was not perfect, the Bible tells us David was ultimately a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14).
As we SOAP through the Psalms in this Called series, you can see David’s heart on full display. Over the course of his life, David penned these words in the midst of dark fears and deep faith. At times, the Psalms can take your breath away with how raw and honest they are.