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David Studies

Check out these great ways to study David.

1. Survey: People in the Life of David Series

This great set of 21 short studies includes several on individuals who did not make it onto the Top 55 list, people like Abigail, Nathan the prophet, and Goliath. Each easy-to-do study has two small worksheets and three short pages plus a cover page. The format used is similar to the PLUS Bible Study method, in which the negatives and positives in each person's life are the main focus.

2. Survey: David and the Bible Top 55

David is ranked #2 on the Bible Top 55 list, second only to the Lord Jesus. So rather than simply studying WHAT is written about David, we should think about WHY there is so much about him. Of course, it is in part because the Messiah came through his line, but that is not the only reason. Another king, King Saul is also ranked very high at #4. Why? Perhaps it is to contrast him with David, but again there is more it than that. Going-deeper questions like these are often asked in the Top 55 booklet.

There are seven people on the Top 55 list who were closely associated with David. They are Saul (#4), Solomon (#5), Samuel (#16), Joab (#18), Absalmon (#23), Jonathan (#25) and Abler (#42). Studies on each of these other leaders naturally are also studies on David himself. So check out the short studies on each of them in the Top 55 booklet.

The cards and booklet in the Top 55 set can also be used to study the various kings on the list, such as by putting them into chronological order and divide them up into groups -- good kings / bad kings, Jewish kings / Gentile kings, etc. This can be fun as well as edifying.

3. David & Goliath -- a PLUS Bible Study

This study on the well-known story in First Samuel chapter 17 is like no other that you have ever done and a good example of the PLUS Bible Study method. After considering the various negatives and positives in the passage, the final questions are about what was the worst and best things in the chapter. These bottom-line questions naturally lead to fitting applications. -- Trust God and be brave like David was and don't be fearful like the people and King Saul. -- The conclusion is simple, but the PLUS method allows those in the study to discover it for themselves. This is a great study and an even greater study method.

4. David's Lament for Jonathan & Saul -- a Describe-It-Yourself Study

The summary chart of 2 Samuel 1:17-27 below has 15 selected Describe-It-Yourself cards showing that David's lament was nationalistic and personal. For a larger and printer-ready file click this link.


After Saul died, it was necessary for David to show that he was sorrowful rather than joyful about Saul being killed. Yet, his lament was not written and promoted just for political effect. David had forgiven Saul. So he spoke generously about the good things that Saul had done for the nation militarily and economically (1:24). There were some good things to be said about Saul, just as there were about the actions of the jealous preachers who set themselves up as Paul's rivals (Phil. 1:15-18). If there is any virtue, courageous deeds of excellence, that is what we should think and talk about (Phil. 4:8). Saul was a failure in many ways, but he stood his ground at the end.

One of the most interesting, aspects of the passage is that God is never directly mentioned. Perhaps, this was because David wanted to guard against the idea that Saul's defeat was also the Lord being defeated by the Philistines (1:20).

The best description of David's lament will probably be the one you do yourself. There are many possible summaries. Here is alternative one with just nine Describe-It-Yourself cards.

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The Describe-it cards
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