“The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.” Psalms 25:14
Read the Key Verse with your class. Help them understand the verse using the following definitions.
secret: Intimacy, conversation, consultation
fear: reverently fear
covenant: a pledge; a contract with promises of blessing for obedience, a curse for disobedience
Today we will see the “secret” God had made with David many years earlier (that he would be king of Israel) come to pass. We also notice that David’s relationship with God was one of reverential fear. We see God show David that He will continue fulfilling His covenant with His people by establishing David as king. This was pivotal in ushering in Jesus, the King of Kings (I Timothy 6:14-15).
Summary: Remember that we saw Saul became the first king of Israel, but had the kingdom removed from him and his family, forever, because of his disobedience to God’s words. I Samuel 15:23: “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” I Samuel closed with King Saul’s death in battle. We have now seen 3 of the 4 main characters in the books of Samuel have died. We begin the book of II Samuel continuing in the life of David. We open with David hearing the news, mourning, and Judah (one of the tribes of Israel – David’s tribe) anointing him as their king. The rest of the tribes accept Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, as their king. We see the nation in a state of conflict and turmoil as their king has died, and they try to go on. Until they receive David, God’s choice for their king, there is no peace in the land. Once David is established as king throughout Israel, they are prepared to move on as a nation.
Encourage your students to bring their Bibles and use them!
Emphasis: David faithfully sought God’s will for his life. He knew God’s word and obeyed it. He then saw God do just what He promised. We see David live Matthew 6:33 long before it was written: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Optional Worksheets to be downloaded:
Ideas for children:
Stickers always work well with children. Often times I watch Wal-Mart or Oriental Trading Company for specials or deals on things I can use for crafts for Sunday School (i.e. foam sheets, Bible Story scene stickers, crowns, stick on jewels, construction paper, etc.). I keep a stash and when I need something, I go search in my stash! Pinterest always has great ideas!
You could have a coloring sheet that goes with the lesson.
One idea for today’s lesson: (See picture below). For today’s lesson we made a crown as we remembered how God made David king of Israel. You could either purchase pre-made crowns through someplace like Oriental Trading or make your own with gold or silver poster board. Stick on jewels are the easiest to use to decorate the crowns. Some children are creative and enjoy coloring their own crowns with markers making their own jewels.
Refer to the wall in your classroom that has become a mural.
By now your class should be in a groove as to the direction and areas in which they need to focus and work on to improve their Christian lives. Use this knowledge to help you address specific areas in each lesson that your class can discuss and share as you add new things to your mural. Continue to watch as your class grows in their knowledge of not only God’s Word, but areas in their lives that can be corrected, drawing them closer to the Lord.
Have them each add anything else they may have brought to add to the wall. Encourage everyone to participate.