People are fascinated by the concept of royalty. The notion stirs up sentiments of love, admiration, and hatred. We see ourselves in them, and yet we criticize them at times with indignation. While most monarchies today have been put aside or at least limited in their power, the concept of royalty cannot be erased from human consciousness. In the words of Jesus, Christians pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven." The ultimate and most perfect monarchy is that of God himself, the sovereign of all creation.
Through David and the story of the kingship, God taught us about his governance of the world and of his people. David was only human and at times the worthy subject of both praise and severe criticism. But in his relationship with God, we find a model for the people both then and today: suppleness to God's will; wholehearted pursuit of righteousness; sincere repentance from sin; mercy for others; and true worship of God, who alone is worthy.
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Dull and superficial summary of Samuel 1 and 2
No. The author comes across as a very nice guy, but the content is at the level of a junior high Sunday School class. Perhaps written for people who won't actually read the source.
C.S. Lewis on the Psalms.
There were no characters - just a lifeless text summarizing the story of David. David Glass did a great job with a lackluster book.
Disappointment and frustration at having lost time that could have been better spent.
This book summarizes Samuel 1 and 2 and adds a brief chapter on the Psalms without offering much insight at all. If you just want the story of David as a story I would suggest Wangerin's "A Book of God", if you want to understand the Psalms there are plenty better. I have yet to find something that really connnects the two.