In 1 Samuel 16, six qualities of David’s life are mentioned. This is important to learn because God was so pleased with David that He called him the “apple of His eye.” The word “apple” is the word cornea, which means that wherever God looked, He could see David. David was always before the face of God.
“Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord terrorized him. Saul’s servants then said to him, ‘Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you’” (1 Sam. 16:14-15).
“Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the harp. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes upon you, and you will feel better” (1 Sam. 16:16).
“Then one of the young men said, ‘Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is a skillful musician, a mighty man of valor, a warrior, one prudent in speech, and a handsome man; and the Lord is with him.’ So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, ‘Send me your son David who is with the flock’” (1 Sam. 16:18-19).
Let’s take a look at these six qualities and see if we can ask God to develop these in our lives … these six qualities of David that we can emulate!
- David was a skillful musician – David should not obviously be a skillful musician because he was actually the most elite military, guerilla warfare expert in the world. However, David lived a balanced life. He took time to hone his skills in a different area of his life that expressed the emotions in a way that was beneficial.
- He was a mighty man of valor – A man or woman of valor is someone who risks their life for their friends. They are people who are willing to put their life in harm’s way for their peers. One of the qualities a leader should build is to be someone who risks even popularity and friendship for what’s godly.
- David was a warrior – David was a multi-dimensional person. He was someone who got serious when it was time to get serious! When it came time to do battle, he went in to win!
- David was prudent in speech – Being prudent means knowing how to speak wisely: when to speak and when to shut up! The Scripture says, “Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue” (Prov. 17:28). Know when to speak and when to be silent. Make sure that you think before you speak. That is called prudence.
- David is described as a handsome man – That means that David kept himself fit. Present yourself well so that when people look at you, they know that there is so much more of you and they are excited to get to know you. Hebrews says, “Throw not away your confidence which has great reward (Heb. 10:35). Women, too, be beautiful. Peter says, “… let it be the gentle and quiet spirit which is precious in the sight of God” (1 Pet. 3:4).
- Finally, the Lord was with him – David’s relationship with God was obvious.