Today we remember and give thanks for
David, the greatest of Israel’s kings, ruled from about 1010 to
970 B.C. David was gifted musically. He
helped to organize the music for the temple and was the author of 73 psalms.
His public and private character displayed a mixture of faithfulness (for
example, his defeat of the giant Goliath; 1 Samuel 17) and sin (as in his
adultery with Uriah’s wife, followed by his murder of Uriah, 2 Samuel 11). In 2 Samuel 7:12-16, God promised that He
would establish David’s kingdom forever, as He promised that the Messiah would
descend from David. It was under
David’s leadership that the people of
God of majesty, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven, we give you thanks for David who, through the Psalter, gave your people hymns to sing with joy in our worship on earth so that we may glimpse your beauty. Bring us to the fulfillment of that hope of perfection that will be ours as we stand before your unveiled glory; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.