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.

But they truly reveal the depth of purpose and passion and pain and ultimately, trust, of a man who truly and continually sought God’s heart.



David is called “a man after God’s own heart.”

We learned from Albert’s sermon this past weekend that he was called to be content.

  • What are areas in your life where you feel the pressure and weight to take control and matters into your own hands?
  • Where is God asking you to release control, let go, and be content with where He has you? God offers freedom and deliverance when we posture our hearts in surrender to His will.


Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of God forever.