As David began as a lowly shepherd boy armed only with a slingshot, give us the courage to trust in your providence. Help us to know ourselves and our calling, that we might follow you with an authentic and trusting faith. Remind us that courage is not the absence of fear but a profound trust that you are in control.
As David was elevated to the position of king, God, we thank you for those moments when we find success and encouragement in our pursuits. Give us the discernment to seek your will and not our own, and grant us humility, that we might not be swept away by the approval of others. Keep our hearts ready to serve in whatever way you see fit.
As David became entangled in a web of adultery, deceit and murder, God, we know that there is great darkness in each of us. Help us to know that you are a loving God, that we might readily confess our sins to you. Help us to accept your forgiveness that is so freely offered, and give us grace to seek and offer forgiveness in our own relationships.
As David lost his son Absalom and mourned for his loss, God, you know that everyone carries their own heavy burdens. Draw near to us in the Holy Spirit as the comforter. Grant us the space to grieve and lament while keeping us ever mindful of the hope we have in you.
God, we thank you that the heroes of the Bible are not perfect but embody the whole of the human experience, both good and bad. Encourage us by the example of David and of others to live fully and genuinely before you and before one another. Amen.
Sarah S. Howell