The best description of David can be found in 1st Samuel 16:18: Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.

The first amazing thing about this description is that most of it was prophesy. This servant spoke these words to King Saul before David killed Goliath. At that time very few people knew who David was. His own father did not esteem David this highly. Second, and most important, the servant recognized that the LORD was with him. Any success attributed to David came through his relationship with the Lord. It should be our priority to reveal to others, as David did, that the presence of the Lord is with us.

Not in any particular order, he was a warrior, musician, friend, lover, writer, and leader. He killed both lion and bear before anyone knew his name. Of course, he is most famous for killing Goliath. Years later, he became king of all Israel and ruled for forty years, conquering his surrounding enemies. In fact, Israel was the most powerful nation not only during his reign, but also in Solomon's reign, which lasted another forty years. Through it all, he had his pick of beautiful women, which only led to problems. But the thing that impressed me the most about him was the fact that God called him the apple of His eye. Now who wouldn't want to be called that by the Almighty?

We all put various people up on pedestals, which only prevents us from seeing the forest because of the trees. Let's face it--if someone is successful in life, it comes through one of two things. He is either putting God's principles into practice or the devil is working through him. After walking with the Lord for some time, I realized that David wasn't the man that I had made him out to be. In fact, it became quite clear that he was more like me than I had ever realized before. I can now identify with his greatness and his sins.

David achieved greatness because he was anointed of the Lord. I am filled with the Holy Spirit; therefore, I have achieved greatness and will continue to do so. But David also sinned after he was anointed. So have I. You see, I do have a lot in common with David.

The Lord has a plan for my life, just as He had a plan for David's. Even with all of David's faults, the Lord was able to use him in a mighty way. David's life is a story of triumph and tragedy. Triumph came through his trust in the Lord and in his obedience to the Lord. Tragedy came through sin. This is how it is with all of us. Even though David was the apple of God's eye, he was not exempt from the consequences of his sins.

It can never be said that David was stupid. One thing we can learn from his life, though, is that passion can lead to obsession. Obsession can drive us to do stupid things. We can be sure that satan knows our weaknesses. We can be sure that he will throw these weaknesses in our face. This is why it is imperative to be continously led by the Holy Spirit. This only happens as we obey Matthew 6:33: Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.