What are the 5 Amazing Characteristics of David in the Bible?

David was just like the rest of us. But how did he end up as a giant slayer? 

In this blog, learn 5 amazing characteristics of David in the Bible.

Let’s learn them one by one!

5 Amazing Characteristics of David in the Bible

1) Willingness to acknowledge his mistakes

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Is it ever a mystery to you why the Bible contains so much history? One of the main reasons is to help us understand how God interacted with others. 

People in the Bible performed good things at times, but they also did terrible things. We may learn from their successes and failures by studying their past. ‘History repeats itself,’ as the adage goes.

Like anyone else, David had his fair chunk of mistakes and failures. These are not those little mistakes in everyday life. They are more like big choices.

David is on the roof, looking out over the city when he notices a lovely woman bathing downstairs. We don’t know how long he looked, but we do know he didn’t turn away to offer her privacy. That “look” led him to sin and, worse, kill. 

David broke almost half of the 10 commandments when he chose to sin with Bathsheba and kill Uriah. We all can agree that what he did was bad, brutally bad. But, the story did not end there. David acknowledged that he was wrong. 

Psalm 51:3 (NIV) states David’s confession. The verse says, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.”

For a man who had the highest position, acknowledging that he was wrong was a huge thing. But, being the leader that he was, David recognized his mistakes and was willing to change for the better. 

2) Humility to recognize that he was weak

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General William Booth was once questioned about his secret to success. Suddenly, tears welled up in his eyes, and he declared, “The secret is this: God has all there was of me. There have been men with higher intelligence and opportunities than I, but from the day I took the poor of London to heart and saw what Jesus could accomplish with them, I resolved that God should have all of William Booth”.

This is what prompted the questioner, Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman, to say, “I learned from William Booth that his surrender measures the gravity of a man’s power.”

David also resonates with General Booth. When David was tasked to destroy the Amalekites, he recognized his weakness and allowed God to take over.

1 Samuel 30:6 (NIV) says, “…but David found strength in the Lord his God”.

The thing David found interesting about being weak is that it made him experience God’s strength.

3) Courage to step up in challenging situations

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Sure, Saul had an army organized to fight against the Philistines. But when they saw Goliath, they were beyond terrified.

According to 1 Samuel 17:4-7 (NIV), Goliath was described as a very big giant. “His height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels; on his legs, he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield-bearer went ahead of him”.

1 Samuel 17:11 (NIV) described how the army felt after they saw Goliath. It says, “On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.”

Meanwhile, Jesse dispatched David to the battleground to check on his brothers, but God had other plans for this devoted young man. God will make something big out of this small delivery boy.

David overheard Goliath challenge the Israelite soldiers to a fight. He stepped up and volunteered to fight against the big giant without hesitation.

This is why David is the greatest giant slayer of all time. Heroes know how to step up in very tough and challenging situations. When no other man stepped up to the plate, David did. 

4) Strong passion and love for God

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Gabrille Bernstein once said, “allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession.”

David put his passion in God. And this was evident when David was still in his younger years. He was assigned to take care of the sheep, and he did this job wholeheartedly. 

This task is God’s way of preparing David for the big battle. God was on David’s side every day while he guarded his sheep. David stayed faithful to God. 

He killed lions and bears with his hands. Each time God sent an animal to battle for David, it increased David’s faith in God. His experience with lions and bears gave him the confidence to kill Goliath. 

David had a passion and love for God, and it became fruitful as God called him for a greater purpose, which later became his profession.

5) Strength to change

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David knew that the only constant thing in this world is change. He didn’t want to settle for less.

Yes, David was just like everyone else, flawed and weak. He made very bad mistakes. But David knew that God could still use him for greater and more amazing things.

Psalms 51:10 (NIV) records one of the most humble prayers in the Bible. It says, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

David knew that in order for him to be more useful in the purpose God had for him, he needed a changed heart. And this is why David became a man after God’s own heart.

Dare to Be Like David

David didn’t become a giant slayer just because he killed Goliath. That big giant was just a piece of a more gigantic picture of what was ahead of David’s life.

God knew that David had more challenges way bigger than killing a giant. He trusted that David could beat every single one of them because he:

  • acknowledged his mistakes
  • recognized that he was weak
  • knew how to step up in challenging situations
  • had a strong passion and love for God
  • was not afraid of change

We may not have a Goliath to beat. But every day, we are faced with huge problems that seem unsolvable. May we be reminded that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things in times like these, and that includes slaying life’s giants!

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19 responses to “What are the 5 Amazing Characteristics of David in the Bible?”

  1. I am so blessed about the character of King David
    May the good Lord help us to be like him,so that we will be the man next to God,s heart

  2. Studying about 5 charecterics of David encourages me to hold on to the Lord,have a willing heart to do things according to the wif God,God is always in my case, in my favor

    • Indeed, Ruth. David’s character serves as a model for God’s people. Like David, we must put our faith and love in God above all else.

  3. I am challenged by his selflessness and his love for the things of God. May the Lord help us with the spirit of David which is also the spirit of Christ

  4. I am blessed and pray that God increase my obedience to his words to grow,develop,become rooted and established like David, to be used by God.
    Thank you.

    • I pray that the Lord Jesus Christ will give you the fortitude and the spirit to obey, Bulus.

  5. David characteristics has greatly inspired me to reexamine my relationship with God when facing challenges of life. God plead for grace from You oh ! Most High in Jesus name.

    • This is an excellent reflection, Oho. We are fortunate to have access to the Bible. The stories are instructive for children and contain important lessons for people of all ages.

  6. Gods love davids heart he knew his potential is from God, he always repainting his sin, he always seek to have good heart, he has a broken heart, i always praying like this am seeking this heart, God wants a worship, that worship is a broken heart.

  7. I want to worship God in truth and in spirit just like David and my
    Ultimate desires are for God to teach me his word and help me to keep his commandments.

  8. My name is David, and king david has always been the most relatable person to me in the Bible, all of my mistakes and weaknesses, but still looking for God’s heart,and always pressing forward,knowing God has the control to keep me on the path I need, it’s hard sometimes, the trials and hardships, but always realizing it’s making me a better Christian, May we all press on and fight the good fight, praise the LORD GOD for his mercy and grace.

  9. One of many things I’ve learned about David in his psalms is many of his deep distresses and persecutions he faced everyday any praying to LordJesus our God apply in .y life today.i endure everyday domestic hardships.But though Davids reason we’re different,I can relate to all the persecutions he faced from his enemies yet the sweetness of David’s psalms and the healing he’s received in calling on the Lord Jesus when he needed Him most to deliver him from the enemies grasp was to trust in Him .right down through the wire.Thank you David for all your psalms& sharing them with all humanity and giving Christians an example.trust in the LordJesus in hard times.

  10. David is a key figure in the Bible… and God brought upon him Honor and Power through one thing: sincere Passion For God. He was a man like you and me, but he knew his spiritual priority that trickled down to his life-style and that was: Seek God’s Face by going after His heart. Remember, he was a man like you and me, and the human troubles and temptations were inevitable but God’s spirit brought him back to Light because of his willingness to change. He didn’t give up on Salvation at his darkest and lowest moments.

  11. King David, a man’s man and more importantly, God’s man.
    He is an important teaching character for boys and men, and even more today! In this lost world, he is a person all men and boys could strive and attain as a Godly approved masculine character. Don’t get me wrong, we should all strive to be like Christ. But, perfect like Christ is untrainable because of Christ’s nature of being God. Christ was pure without sin. But, David on the other hand was a sinner and acknowledged being a sinner and falling short of God. He admitted he was human and needed to be saved from himself and his sins. And, he knew when things were beyond his control and always cried out to God. What a role model! What a person I can become as a man while achieving to follow Christ!
    And, do not forget, Christ’s earthly lineage traces all the way back to David. So, we could consider him being a indicator of Gods love and a marker on the road of Gods promise of salvation through Jesus Christ! If God love a sinner like David and hear his prayers, especially when David called out in times of trouble he got himself into, God can love us all sinners. He loves us so much He wants to save us from ourselves like a good Father. He does that with His Son, Jesus Christ….Son of God, Son of Man, Son of David!

  12. I wonder if the soldier under David’s command that David had killed and then took his wife for his own after sleeping with her and getting her pregnant thinks David was selfless and courageous? Lets see, thou shall not commit adultery, thou shall not murder, bear false witness against your neighbor, shall not covet….4 out of 10…..nice….I mean seriously. And people read the Psalms like David was so fantastic. READ 2 Samuel 12….Nathan said to David, “YOU ARE THE MAN!!!!!” More of Nathan and less of David ALL DAY LONG…..I love the TRUTH!!!! I LOVE JESUS CHRIST!!!!!

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