Children’s Sermon King David

children's sermon King David

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Children’s Sermon King David

Story Objective: No matter who we are or what our place or job in life is we are God’s children. God, the Father has a plan for us and will use us to be agents of His perfect will.  All we have to do is open our heart and listen. In learning All About David we become a better instrument of God.

Children’s Sermon King David Story Outline

One of the heroes of the Bible is King David. David was the second king of Israel.

You see, the Israelites wanted a king that they could see and God finally gave them one.

There was a prophet who was going to say who was going to be king. The prophet was the spiritual leader, kind of like a pastor. This prophet was named Samuel.

God told Samuel to go find a man named Jesse and that one of Jesse’s sons would be king one day.

Discussion:

What kind of person would you expect to be king?

Some answers you may get from the children may include:

  • Educated/gone to school
  • An adult
  • Can do neat things/skilled
  • Popular
  • Leadership

Where would you expect to find a king?

Some answers you might get may include:

  • A school
  • An athletic field
  • A big city or town

Let’s look at the kind of person that David was and where he came from.

I Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (NIV)

So Samuel asked to see Jesse’s sons.

Seven young men passed in front of Samuel and they looked promising. But God told Samuel that none of these were to be king. So Samuel asked Jesse if he had any more sons.

Jesse did, in fact, have another son. The youngest one was named David and he was the one who took care of the sheep.

Here’s a question to think about.

If you were looking for a king, would you go look in a field at someone keeping the sheep?

If you were looking for a king, would you choose the youngest boy in the family or would you choose someone that was more grownup?

Let’s find out why a shepherd would be a good king.

First of all, let me ask you a question. Who is our King and Shepherd? (God)

David was a shepherd. His brothers got to be in the army and work and do all kinds of things while David babysat the sheep.

But a shepherd actually knows how to do a lot.

Shepherds have to be gentle with the sheep and guide the sheep. Sheep are not very bright. They get scared really easily. That’s why someone has to keep them all of the time. They get lost or get into trouble if someone is not watching them.

Sheep also have thick wool. The wool can get caught in briers or sticks. It also absorbs water. So if a sheep gets into deep water, its wool can suck up the water like a sponge and weight the sheep down. So shepherds have to always be aware of what is going on around them.

Shepherds have to watch what the sheep are doing, keep them out of trouble, take care of them if they get sick, be firm with them, and be gentle.

Shepherds are a lot like parents, aren’t they?

How are your parents like shepherds?

  • They take care of you when hurt or sick
  • They keep you out of danger
  • Parents come and find you if you get lost
  • They always watch you
  • They make sure you have food to eat

Shepherds also have to be strong. 1 Samuel 17 talks about how strong David had to be.

1 Samuel 17:34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear.

People knew that David was strong and good in battle as well as patient with the sheep. They also knew that he had other skills. He knew music. This is what a servant says about David in I Samuel 16

1 Samuel 16:18. One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.”

So even though David was the youngest and David hung out with sheep all day, he was strong enough to kill a lion and a bear if one attacked.

Did you notice the most important thing about David? The last scripture we read said, “And the Lord is with him.”

So you might not expect a shepherd to be a king. Basically, David was kind of a farmer. Would you expect a farmer to be king? Probably not. But when we look at what David needed to be a shepherd, we find that David was a good choice for king. He wasn’t perfect, but he was a good choice.

Now let’s talk about what we can learn from David.

David made a difference in his world. Can you make a difference even though you are young?

If you have a job that you don’t like or that is boring, does that mean that it doesn’t matter?

David had a job that was boring sometimes. His job as a shepherd helped him get ready to take care of God’s people.

Can you learn important things from the jobs that you have in your everyday life? Can you learn important things from your chores?

Do you think that David knew that he was learning important things from keeping the sheep?

Sometimes we are learning things that we need to know and we don’t even realize it.

So be like David.

Learn what you can from your chores and your jobs. Always remember that God has a plan for you. Always remember that you can make a difference where you are. You can make a difference even if your job is something that seems boring.

Children’s Sermon King David

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