Kevin DeYoung on King David

In a blog post today, Kevin DeYoung discusses what made David great. DeYoung hones in on two traits: David’s graciousness towards his enemies and his honesty towards himself. My hat is off to DeYoung here, because I think he highlights two ways that all Christians can grow to become more like Christ.

First, because of how secure we are in Christ, we can look at our enemies with compassion. More than once, David goes against the counsel of his friends and decides to spare his enemies. David even weeps at the death of Saul–this is where we get the famous line, “How the mighty have fallen!” (2 Samuel 1:19). To me, this is one of the most poignant verses in Scripture. I thank Pastor DeYoung for helping me to understand why. When David laments Saul’s death, he foreshadows Christ weeping for Jerusalem and Christ interceding for His enemies even while he hangs on their cross. May we find the richness in the gospel that allows us to have such self-abandoning love for our enemies.

And second, because of how loved we are in Christ, we can look at ourselves with utter honesty. We do not need to defend ourselves against the rebuke of others. DeYoung writes that he can’t find a place in Scripture where David does not heed the rebuke of godly people. This evidences the lack of self-idolatry that can only come from being wholly loved by the God who came to rescue us.

Thank you, Pastor DeYoung, for this message!


About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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