I remember learning the story of David and Goliath when I was a child. It was inspirational to read about this young man, a shepherd, defeating a giant with a mere slingshot and rock. David was a hero. He believed God and obeyed God and was blessed because of it.
Then, as an adult, I learned about the story of David and Saul. David was the musician to the first king of Israel, Saul. However, when Saul fell prey to the sin of pride, Samuel anointed David to replace Saul. This was not well received by King Saul and David’s life was threatened. He spent many years running in fear.
I also learned about the story of David and Bathsheba. As King, David could have anything he wanted. And he took full advantage of this by taking the wife of another man. He then had that man killed on the battlefield.
Imagine my surprise when I “connected the dots” and realized that this David was the same person. This David was the same man who wrote most of the Psalms. This David was the same man who was the father of Solomon, the man given divine wisdom. And David was an ancestor of Jesus.
David’s life is chronicled in detail in the Bible and because of this we see that he had many high achievements but also low failures. Through David’s life we can see that there are consequences to sin. But we can also see that God looks beyond our actions to our heart. Although David was a sinner, he was a man after God’s own heart.
God uses those who are willing to be used. When God is with us, it will be Him working through us to fulfill His purposes.