The character and life of David are supremely fascinating, not only to holy souls whose deepest thoughts have been expressed in his unrivaled psalms, but to all men: because of their humanness; their variety; their sharply constrasted experiences; their exhibition of traits of generosity and courage which always elicit admiration. The author states that while sketching every period of his life, he has concentrated on those passages which trace the steps by which the shepherd became the king. It was in these that his character was formed, his sweetest psalms composed, and those manifold experiences encountered which enabled him to interpret and utter the universal heart of man.
Sweet singer of the world; ancestor of Christ; founder of a dynasty of kings; a prophet, inspired and taught, as the Apostle Peter tells us, by the Holy Spirit; the type and precursor of him who, though his Soon, was also his Lord; the man after God's own heart, who "did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite." So long as time lasts, David must always enlist affection and command respect.
About the Author
F. B. Meyer, who was one of England's brighter spiritual lights, was born on April 8, 1847. At the early age of five he began his life's walk with the Savior. To Meyer, this was a vital relationship where two spirits met and fellowshiped together. Having been a student himself at London University, Meyer loved working with students. Throughout his long life students flocked to hear his lessons on the very practical issues of Christian living. In his various pastorates, ranging from Liverpool to London, Meyer devoted himself to winning men and women from all walks of life. During his early years as minister he became the first pastor to welcome D. L. Moody to England. The English benefited much, as did the young Meyer. From Moody he received the advice always to be himself and never a copy of another. A popular speaker at various conventions, Meyer became a regular speaker at the Keswick Convention, beginning in 1887. His missionary viewpoint was profoundly affected by two of the Cambridge Seven who were headed for China. Later he became a prime mover in the Regions Beyond Missionary Union. As a prolific writer of tracts, booklets, and some seventy books, his chief contribution to literature is a series of outstanding Bible biographies, of which this book is one.
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