King Davids




Before the Ark

























by a thankful author who Dances with Joy for the Sure Mercies of David








1.  Introduction.................................................................................................................................. 3


2.  The Shepherd, Musician and Psalmist............................................................................................ 3


3.  The Mighty, Valiant, and Victorious Leader................................................................................... 3


4.  Deliverance from King Saul........................................................................................................... 3


5.  The King with a Kingdom - a Type of Christ................................................................................. 3


6.  Davids Dance Before the Ark of the Lord..................................................................................... 3


7.  Summary of First Half of Davids Life............................................................................................. 4


8.  Adultery with Bathsheba and Murder of Uriah............................................................................... 4


9.  Consequences of Davids Sin......................................................................................................... 4


10.  Pride Comes Before the Fall....................................................................................................... 4


11.  The Sure Mercies of David......................................................................................................... 5


12.  Summary and Ending - 2nd Half of Davids Life........................................................................... 5


13.  Davids Dance Before the Ark (2 perspectives in context)............................................................ 5


14.  Lessons for the New Testament Believer..................................................................................... 5


Chart 1.  Davids Life in Scripture....................................................................................................... 6


Chart 2.  Chronological     ................................................................................................................. 8


Chart 3.  Other Scripture Referring to King David.............................................................................. 9


Chart 4.  Psalms Related to David...................................................................................................... 9


Chart 5.  Psalms List









1.  Introduction


All scripture is given for reproof.  No private intrepretation,  here a little-there a little, study, illumination of Holy Spirit.  Procedure to read in order as inspired by writer.  Do not jump.sequence.  Pray.   2 Peter 1:20-21


New times challange us to interpret God's word afresh and anew.  Nobody can understand without the quickening of the Holy Spirit upon our minds and hearts.  New interpretations of particular scripture challanges us to consider and medidate if the new interpretation or emphasis on this passage is the doctrine once delivered onto the saints.  In this particular passage an overemphasis has burdened me to seek the interpretation of the Holy Spirit.  This has been easier than once believed since the life of David has sufficient data along with the comforter and new heart we have today in the church age which the saints in the Old Testament did not understand nor have, their hearts being hardened.  To begin this journey into the life of David we must look at the cast of main and supporting characters and all the scripture has to say about them.  Look at the "whole life 1st to put individual events in context and rightly divide.  An unjust balance is an abdominition to to the Lord Proverbs.  God and the Holy Spirit had a stragedy, when inspiring the writers of the bible.  What the HS emphasiszes and puts more weight on, we must also in our practices and good works. 


Main character:


David - king, warrior, leader, shepherd boy, musician, psalmist, reacted to Micah's assessment of his dance at the Ark (Probably not only Micah, but both changed)




Supporting characters:


Uriah - One of David's Mighty Men, Exhibited character once inspired by David, Husband of Bathsheba.


Bathsheba - Wife of Urias, mother of Solomon


Nathan - Prophet after Samuel died. 


Micah - Loved David, David's 1st wife, risked her life to save David from her father King Saul, sister of Jonathan, Saul gave to to another man, King David requested her back before he would accept the northern Kingdom, assessed King David's dance at the ark. 


Jonathan - Loved David, example of friendship between men.  Son of Saul.  Saved David's life 3 times from Saul.


Samuel - Prophet that anointed David secretly as king at age of 18.  Prophet of King Saul which after death Saul seeked by a witch, God killed the next day in battle.

Saul - King which man chose, not God. 


Solomon - Son of David and Bathsheba which built temple for God. 


Absalom - Favorite son of King David.


Tarah - Beloved Daughter of King David.  Rape and incest by brother


criple of Jonathan - One King David had rememberance of due to his pact with Jonathan.  King invited him to dine at his table continuously.


Mighty men of David - 600 during flight at


David's other sons -




David's wives and concubines


Enemy kings and nations -


Goliath, Philistines, Goliaths 4 sons.


Supporting scripture:  I, II samule, I Kings, I Chronicles, Old Testament and New Testament references, Psalms


Eternal characters - God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, and Angels





Saintly or Soulish

Spiritual or Emotional

On Wings of an Eagle or Pride before the Fall

God exalted David or David exalted Himself

Pleasing to God or Pleasing to David

Gods Pattern or Mans Pattern

Worship Gods Way or Worship Mans Way

Micahs Discernment or Jealousy

Davids Judgement or Defense


There has been much written about King David by since he lived.  We know him as a great king, victorious leader in battle, a skillful musician, and a writer of the precious book of Psalms.  What this booklet proposes to do is set the whole life of King David into a historical, biblical, chronoligical perspective which divides Davids life into 3 distinct periods of time.























2.  The Shepherd, Musician and Psalmist


1 Samuel  16:11-21

And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.    And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.   Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

                 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.    And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.   Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.   And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.    Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty  valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.   Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.


These were abilities and talents God gave to David from his youth.  Being a shepherd he defended the sheep from the enemy.  This is the trade of an average family in Isreal.  David being the youngest of 8 brothers.  He excelled in his courage, strength, agility, and fighting skills.  This was even known in King Sauls army.    As a Shepherd he was a minor type of Christ.

Psalm 23


As a musician                 As a musician he was not a type of Christ.


Along with music went the ability to tell beautiful sayings and communicate with God.  The inspired words of David in the Psalms  were written for our admonishment, encouragement and edification.   As a Psalmist he was not a type of Christ.  When Christ spoke about God he used parables, actual stories of people and direct rebuke or exhortations.








3.  The Mighty, Valiant, and Victorious Leader


Started in youth as a shepherd over his fathers flock of sheep. 


Tellin detail the  story of his victories.  Type of Chirst as Conqueror over enemy.  Davids was physical victory over Philistines for Israel and Christs is spiritual victory over Satan and his forces.  Behold the light that fell from heaven at Christs death.  Ephesians.  Peter and gates of hell.
















4.  Deliverance from King Saul


Psalm 18

1 or 2 Samuel











5.  The King with a Kingdom - a Type of Christ























6.  Davids Dance Before the Ark of the Lord


2 Samuel 6:12-23

                 And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.   And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.

               And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.    So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.    And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.

And they  brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.   And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.

And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house.

Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!   And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play  before the LORD.    And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.  Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.


7.  Summary of First Half of Davids Life


8.  Adultery with Bathsheba and Murder of Uriah




















9.  Consequences of Davids Sin


family, personal, people - today pastor, family, personal, congregation


1 Death of King David and Bathshebas Baby

2 Incest-Rape of King Davids Daughter by her Brother

3 Son Absolom kills brother (2 years wait)

4 Son Absolom Rebels against Father King David (2 years in Jerusalem)

5 King David Flees Jerusalem from His Son Absolom.  Takes then returns ark,                              acknowledging this is part of Gods judgement for his great sin.

6 Absalom shames Father Publicly 2 Samuel 12:11-12 Judgement for what David did       secretly.

7 Joab raises to power

8 Joab Kills Absalom

9 Davids Extreme Grief

10 Return to Jerusalem, no relations with Concubines

11 King David Weak in Battle

12 King David brings Gods judgement upon the People

            13 King David Prepares for Solomon to be King

14 Son Rebels for Kingship

15 King David Dies







10.  Pride Comes Before the Fall


Biblical examples.  Spiritual process.  Illustrations.  Testimony personal.


Psalm 1


Refer to article.  N.T. verses and understanding.













11.  The Sure Mercies of David


2Samuel 7:12-17  And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.   He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.  I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:    But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.   And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.   According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.


 2Ch 6:42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant.

 Isa 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

 Ac 13:34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.

Acts 13:32-37 is full context of Pauls discourse at Antioch. 

The Greek reads,  I will give to you the mercies of David,  faithful.


Mercy is the outward manifestation of pity.  it assumes need on the part of him who receives it, and resources adequate to meet the need on the part of him who shows it.  It is usd of God who is rich in mercy, Eph 2:4.   We are to pray boldly for mercy, Hebrews 4:16.


The sure mercies of David are that everlasting life, of which the resurrection was a sure pledge, and the blessings of redemption in Christ are a certain earnest, even in this world.  Evidenced in Davids childs death and his confidence to go be with him in the future. 







12.  Summary and Ending - 2nd Half of Davids Life

















13.  Davids Dance Before the Ark (in sequence and context)


1 Before -

2 During - Nature of Dance, Nakedness, Wifes judgement

3 After - Build house for God, Nathans poor judgement, Davids prayer?

4 Types of Dance

5 Conclusion




14.  Lessons for the New Testament Believer


1 Scriptural evidence - character witness, Ezekial, Jesus

2 Continual state or specific event - turn mourning into dance

3 Application for today


       Spiritual Heart or Sensual Heart

       Dancing in the Spirit

       Dancing Before the Lord


Quote from "Loose that Man and Let Him Go"  by T.D. Jakes


A Man After God's Own Heart.  David celebrated masculinity.  He is a very good picture of what a man should be.  God called him "a man after mine own heart" (Acts 13:22) and I can see why.  David's heart was so attuned to God and so free from the opinions of men that he was the Bible's  premier worshipper of God!  He worshipped and danced with such force and freedom that he danced right out of his clothes!  He laughed, he cried, and he even wrote some of the most exalted prose in human history.  Yet when necessary, David was incredibly violent!  He was one of the few military leaders in history who never lost a battle!  And David celebrated his manhood better than anyone else I know of. 


"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:  marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."   Psalm 139:14


David openly admired his body and enjoyed the deep male passions God gave him.  He gave God thanks for what he had been given, and he did the most he could with what he had to work with.  We need to do the same.


He was a poet and a warrior.  David had a harp in one hand and a sword in the other.  He lived a man's life in all its fullness.  David was a lover of women.  in fact he was such a lover that in the sunset of his life, his servants put a young girl in his bed as a final test to see if he was near death.  When he wasn't aroused, they knew he was gone!


In all 24 paragraphs and 8 scripture reference, referring to David's life up to his Dance at the Ark of God.   When talking of David's failure , almost 2 paragraphs and 0 scriptures, which summarize this, "Whatever the reason for his failure, we can learn from David's personal defeats as well as from his military victories."  24-8 to 2-0 is greatly out of balance with scripture. 


pg 73.   talking of Micah, David's wife, David was worshipping God under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and all the inhibitions had been removed from him.  He was fulfilling the great commandment when he worshipped the Lord with all his might and strength.  (Somehow I don't think David would be content to sit in a pew, sing lifeless hymns, and fold his hands during a dry sermon!)  Michal should have known better.  ...<<>> Her father had become a legend throughout Israel as well, for when the Spirit of God had fallen on him, he prophesied before Samuel, stripped off all his clothing, and lay naked before God for a full day and night! (See 1 Samuel 19:24) 


Now put this verse in context - Mathew Henrys comments, "to protect David, like baalam's ass, one day not a career, only took off kingly outer garments to look like the other prophets...."


pg 61.  David's unrestrained worship and praise to God before the people is still a model of true worship for us today!  Never has there been such free and uninhibited worship to the Lord as there was that day.  Yet in the midst of pure worship without restraint, there arose a slanderous complaint!  Jakes refers to Micah as the wiles of the devil and Satan.


pg 64.  Micah's choice to yield to wrong influence, to cling to past disappointments and present bitterness, had terrible consequnces for her and her father's house.  Her scornful disdain of God's anointed yielded a barren womb, a loveless marriage, and countless sorrows for the rest of her days.  Even the 5 nephews she raised for her brother-in- law by the ancient enemies of her father's house.    36 paragraphs, 14 verses on Micah.


pg 153.   5 para, 2 script to tell of how David healed faster than Bathsheba after death of child. 


Compared to sin of drug addict and need to put on new clothes, exchange for grave clothes.  No prevention stressed. 


Another book - Naked and not ashamed.  Story of Adam and Eve, Christ on the Cross, Paul as form of persecution,...



Shall I use an experience or feeling  to understand and intrepret scripture or should I use scripture to understand, intrepret and test the spirit or experience¿  Obviously the 2nd


I felt so good, it had to be God.  Which God?













Chart 1.  Davids Life in Scripture (Part I - from birth to king)


I Samuel    Main Events                                                                       Battles-Other                               

16        Samuel anointed David.  David skilled musician.                        Slayed Lion and Bear       

17        Isreal fearful of Philistine Giant. Saul and David meet.    David Killed Goliath         

18        Jonathan and Micah love David.  Saul Davids Enemy.   At least 1 Victory             

19        Micah saved David from Saul.  Three times protected.  Several Victories              

20        Convenant between Jonathan and David.  Saul pursues.                                                    

21        David feared Achish, pretented to be mad.  Flees Saul.                                          

22        David outlaw in caves.  Forms mighty men.                                                                       

23        Saul pursues David.  God defends David.                                  Victory - Philistines            

24        David merciful to Saul                                                                                            

25        Samuel dies.  David takes Abigail for wife.                                                                         

26        David again spares Saul.                                                                                                   

27        David seeks shelter  from Saul.                                     Several Victories              

28        Philistines plan attack.  Saul consults witch for Samuel.                                           

29        David kept from fighting Isreal.                                                                              

30        People spoke of stonong David.  David rescues captives.          Victory - Amalekites      

31        Philistines kill Saul and sons in battle                                                                      


Chart 1.  Davids Life in Scripture (Part II - from king to great sin)


2 Samuel  (Covers 40 years of Davids reign as king, originally one book of Samuel)


1          Sauls death lamented by David.                                                                             

2          David king of Judah for 7 years.  Ish-bosheth and Abner.          Civil War                            

3          Abner deserts, slayed by Joab.  Request for Michal.                                                

4          Ish-bosheth murdered.  Buried head by Abner.                                                                  

5          David King.  Jerusalem capital of united kingdom.                     Victory - Jebusites            

David perceived that the Lord established him king.12-13         Victories - Philistines         

6          Delivery of Ark to Jerusalem failed.  Word  neglected.                                            

Ark finally delivered.  Davids dance of celebration.                                                            

7          David desires to build temple.  Lord refuses desire.  Future plans told.                     

Davids reponse to God in his tabernacle, when He said No                                               

(ask pardon of bro grimes for what God revealed to Him last Thursday morning) 8        Davids complete conquest of the enemies of Isreal.                Victories - Several           

9          David honors pledge for Jonathans son Mephibosheth                                            

(beautiful story to illustrate grace for a helpless one - as I)

10        Joab and King Davids extension of Israel                                  Victory - Ammonite       

Full kingdom to Euphrates.  Jeremiah 31:1-9; 33:14-26 Victory - Syrian                

11        King Davids Great Sins.  Adultery and murder.                  Stayed home                    




Chart 1.  Davids Life in Scripture (Part III - from great sin to death)


12        Nathan rebukes King David.  Child of sin dies. (1)                                                             

Birth of Solomon.  Joab and King David win battle                    Victory - Ammonites          

13        Amnons rape- incest of virgin sister Tamar. (2)                                                        

Absalom kills Amnon.  (3)                                                                                                  

14        Absalom returns to Jerusalem.  David forgives Absalom.                                                    

15        Absalom rebels and David flees Jerusalem.  (4)                                                      

16        Shimei curses David.  Absalom enters Jersualem.  (5)                                             

17       Absalom pursues david.  David befriended.                                                                        

18        Battle of the wood.  Joab slays Absalom.  Davids great grief.(6)                                         

19        Joab reproves David.  David returns to Jerusalem.                                                               

20        Sheba a Benjamite revolts agains King David.                                                        

21        Famine 3 years due to Sauls murder of Gibeonites.  Joshua 9:3-17                                     

David weakens in battle against Goliaths sons. No more battles.            Victory        22 David remembers deliverance from Saul, divine reflection,  Ps 18                                     

23        Davids last words.  Prophetic of Jesus Christ.  vs 4-5                                               

Mighty men, 37 mentioned.  Last is Uriah the Hittite.                                              

(Great message for motivation - Ref to Vernon McGee)

24        Davids sin in taking a census.  70,000 die.  Jerusalem spared.                                               


I Kings  (turnover from David to Solomon)


1          Adonijahs plot.  Nathan and Bath-shebas plan.                                                       

2          Davids charge to Solomon.  Adonijahs execution.                                                              


I Chronicles (quick summary of I - II Samuel)


2 - 9     Davids linage from Adam to Zedekiah, ...

10        Sauls sin of witchary, then his death

11-12   David King.  Mighty men.  Lists of people.

13        Uzza smitten for touching the ark.

14        Prosperity of Davids kingdom.

15        Ark delivered to Jerusalem.  David dances. Micah despised David.

(Davids words to Micah omitted, not written as in II Samuel)

16        David worships before the Ark.

17        Davids desire to build temple denied by God due to shedding of

much blood by David (not mentioned in II Samuel) Promise to Solomon.  Davids                           response to God saying NO.    (Great sins of David omitted altogether)

18-20   Ammonite-Syrian battles won.  Battle of Ammon.  Philistine battle won.

21        Davids sin of numbering people.

22-23   David turnover to Solomon

24-27   Setting kingdom in order for turnover

28-29   David addresses people.  Final charges.

(man of war, shed blood - Solomon must build temple)


Chart 2.  Chronological      



18-20 years     Anointed by prophet Samuel


30 years           king of Judah   900 bc


37                    king of Judah and Israel united


50                    King Davids Great sins committed

Absalom waits 2 years to kill Amnon for rape of sister.  Amnon next in line for               kingship.

Absalom fleed for 3 years.  David mourned for his son Absalom every day.

Absalom returns to Jerusalem and did not see David for 2 years.

                         David flees Jerusalem with ark, returns ark.  2 Sam 15:25-26

(David knows it is Gods hand of judgement upon him)  Study on Ark.....


70                    Death


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Other Scripture regarding King David


Ezra 3:10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.


Nehemiah 3:15 But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of Col‑hozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and the wall of the pool of Siloah by the king's garden, and unto the stairs that go down from the city of David.


Nehemiah 3:16 After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the half part of Beth‑zur, unto [the place] over against the sepulchres of David, and to the pool that was made, and unto the house of the mighty.


Nehemiah 12:24 And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brethren over against them, to praise [and] to give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, ward over against ward.


Nehemiah 12:36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God, and Ezra the scribe before them.


Nehemiah 12:45 And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their God, and the ward of the purification, according to the commandment of David, [and] of Solomon his son.


Nehemiah 12:46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old [there were] chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.


Proverbs 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;


Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.


Isaiah 16:5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seekingjudgment, and hasting righteousness.


Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, [even] the sure mercies of David.


Jeremiah 17:25 Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for ever.


Jeremiah 22:4 For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people.


Jeremiah 23:5  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.


Jeremiah 30:9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.


Jeremiah 33:15  In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.


Jeremiah 33:17  For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;


Ezekiel 34:23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, [even] my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.


Ezekiel 34:24 And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken [it].


Ezekiel 37:24 And David my servant [shall be] king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.


Ezekiel 37:25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, [even] they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David [shall be] their prince for ever.


Hosea 3:5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.


Amos 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, [and] invent to themselves instruments of music, like David;

Amos 9:11  In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:


Zechariah 12:7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify [themselves] against Judah.


Zechariah 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David [shall be] as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.


Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications:  and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for [his] only [son], and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for [his] firstborn.


Zechariah 12:12 And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;


Zechariah 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.


Matthew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.


Matthew 1:6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her [that had been the wife] of Urias;


Matthew 1:17  So all the generations from Abraham to David [are] fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon [are] fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ[are] fourteen generations.


Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.


Matthew 9:27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, [Thou] son of David, have mercy on us.


Matthew 12:3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;


Matthew 12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?


Matthew 22:42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, [The son] of David.


Matthew 22:43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,


Matthew 22:45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?


Mark 10:48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he

cried the more a great deal, [Thou] son of David, have mercy on me.


Mark 12:37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he

[then] his son? And the common people heard him gladly.


Luke 1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the

house of David; and the virgin's name [was] Mary.


Luke 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:


Luke 1:69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;


Luke 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Beth‑lehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)


Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.


Acts 1:16 Men [and] brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake beforeconcerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.


Acts 2:25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:


Acts 2:29 Men [and] brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.


Acts 2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,


Acts 4:25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?


Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the [son] of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.


Acts 13:34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, [now] no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.


Acts 13:36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:


Acts 15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:


Romans 4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,


Romans 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:


II Timothy 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:


Hebrews 4:7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.


Hebrews 11:32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and [of] Barak, and [of] Samson, and [of] Jephthae;  [of] David also, and Samuel, and [of] the prophets:


Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write;  These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;


Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.


Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, [and] the bright and morning star.




II Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.


I Peter 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.






















Chart 4.  PsalmsRelated to David


1st Half of Davids Life:  

Psalm  34 Associated with cave life, I Samuel 22

27 Waiting upon Gods direction, I Samuel 22

31 Days of seeking God for safety,  I Samuel 23

37 David spared Saul in Righteousness, I Samuel 24

54 David spares Sauls life, I Samuel 26

          101 Davids ideal of a king, II Samuel 5

29 Upon return of Ark to Jerusalem, 1st attempt, II Samuel 6

          105 Adoracion of God upon return of Ark, I Chronicles 16        

          106 Adoracion of God upon return of Ark, I Chronicles 16        

              2, 20, 21, 60, 61  Great victories in battle, subdues all enemies, II Samuel 8

2nd Half of Life:  

Psalm  51 Davids repentance of great sin, II Samuel 11- 12

32 Davids repentance of great sin, II Samuel 11- 12     

  3 David flees from Abaslom, II Samuel 16

  5 David flees enemy

26 David flees enemy

27 David flees enemy

28 David flees enemy

62 David flees enemy

41:9  Deceit of Ahitophel to David

42 Faith in God during anguish, II Samuel 17

43 Faith in God during anguish, II Samuel 17

18 David delivered from King Saul, said in II Samuel 22 after Gods avenge for                               Gibeonites for Sauls murders when he broke Joshuas oath to the Gibeonites.

     (lack of knowledge or obedience to Gods Word - same as when ark carried by cart                   instead of Levites by David and sins of David.  Lack of respect for Gods revealed,                 written, inspired word.)















Chart 5 -



Book I  Psalms 1 - 41


PSALM   WRITER      TIME                              STYLE                    TYPE                      REMARKS


1              EZRA             RETURN/444 BC                                          WISDOM              NEH 13:3                          


2              DAVID


















































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Original outline and baseline


Frequently I hear the defense of Pentecostal/Charismatic worship by the  example of King David when he danced upon the return of the ark of the  Lord.    This example I defended myself for a long time.  However upon  insight that people used this to defend their worship which seemed  unbiblical caused me to seek God's wisdom in the scriptures.  Studying with  a pure heart, conscience and illumination I made a book of allthe life and  references to King David.  Rightly dividing the word of God I conclude the  following:


 1.  King David is first known as a King and victorious warrior leader.  He  never lost a battle.  To the extreme that all the blood he shed prevented  God from blessing him.  The great King he was is the strongest Type of  Christ.   A King over a Kingdom. 


 2.  King David is not referred to by Christ or the NT writers except as in  his role as King.  However Christ does exalt the OT characters of Job,  Daniel and Noah in their righteousness.  As examples of life character  several OT people are better examples i.e. Joseph, Enoch, Abel, the  Prophets.  How did these people of God celebrate victories or worship God.   Look at proportion and frequencies and varieties of worship.  Ephesians  says to sing in our hearts with, "spiritual songs, hymns, and Psalms."    This looks well balanced and scriptural.


 3.  Besides being King, the next most important and tragic event in his  life is his sin.  The circumstances, process, and consequence of the sins  of David are an example for every believer to NOT follow.  Look at the  amount of scripture and sequence of events after this sin with another's  wife.


 4.  Doing a Chronoligical line of Davids life in relation to his adultery  and understanding the process of sin.  It is gradual and deceptive, especially in regards to more severe sins with greater consequences.   King David began to fall before he stayed home from battle, and looked upon

 a woman with sexual desire for her.  Normally PRIDE comes before the fall.   Now stay with me ‑ David showed signs of the beginning of a fall or in that  direction of a fall when " he danced upon the return of the ark"  for the  following reasons.


            1.  He exposed his flesh by the wild manner in which he danced.  Is this  honorable or dishonorable per the rest of scriptures. 


            2.  His own wife, Sauls Daughter dispised him for his public display of  himself.  Although he said he was celebrating before the Lord. 


            3.  The scripture says because of her decision in regards to David's  manner of dancing that she was to "bear no children".  Normally this is a  curse in the OT, but consider that God knew the future and what would  happen to King David and his children.  If this is a proud dance and her  judgement is correct, shortly after David did sin the tragic sin of  adultery and murder, (his heart went far away from God), even then he did  not confess until Nathan exposed him.  Look at what happened to David's  children as a consequence of his sin.  LEARN AND FEAR GOD.  Incest, murder,  strive, hate, mourning, sadness, fear, pride, jealousy, revenge, ...  for a  long period of time.   I conclude that 'Saul's daughter was blessed and not  cursed with having no children".  In God's foreknowledge He had mercy upon  her.


            4.  Also the Psalm "he has turned my mourning into dance" does not fit the  context of this event.   It was another time, earlier in David's life.  Note the traditional Hebrew dance which is the manner of dance was.  Not the soulish, emotional dance  of David upon the return of the Ark.


            5.  There are 3 areas of dance.  Godly which includes cultural, and  devilish which is soulish.   *****(I must review my notes ‑ this is only a draft expose on the topic of  King David's Dance)     Dancing has an effect upon the heart and mind of the dancer and watcher.   Was this dance of a holy or worldy nature.  All evidence points toward a  worldly nature.  Search the scriptures. 




 Love in Christ Jesus

 Bro Bill


Rob,  This is the same article you requested at the above email address.    Maybe you have it already.   I have more information to add about David's life ‑ a Chronological Outline, linear graph, relations with the book of Psalms and scriptural evidence.  This will substantiate the article below and make it more suitable for public teaching.  If presented with wisdom this teaching on the Dance of David could be used by the Holy Spirit for edification of the saints and instruction in righteousness.    I've considered renaming the title, "David's Dance at the Ark ‑ Sacred or Sensual"


Your article "Dancing Before the Lord" is well written as far as format, specific experience and knowledge.  I beleive your and my article will blend together well. 


One technique I desire to use in rewriting my article is to draw the reader in, no matter what their current beliefs (especially those who believe in sacred dancing or use this dance to justify wild, unexplainable behavior), then apply the scriptural, historical, and religious reasons why this is not of the Most High God.  Also information to train God's people on common

associated false doctrines, discernment, holy rejoicing in the Lord, and finally ‑ how to be set free from this deception.


Love in Christ Jesus