: Stories To Tell Children

David had many fierce battles to fight for King Saul against the enemies

of Israel, and he won them all. Then, later, he had to fight against the

king's own soldiers, to save himself, for King Saul grew wickedly

jealous of David's fame as a soldier, and tried to kill him. Twice, when

David had a chance to kill the king, he forbore to harm him; but even

then, Saul continued trying to take his life, and David was kept away

> from his home as if he were an enemy.

But when King Saul died, the people chose David for their king, because

there was no one so brave, so wise, or so faithful to God. King David

lived a long time, and made his people famous for victory and happiness;

he had many troubles and many wars, but he always trusted that God would

help him, and he never deserted his own people in any hard place.

After a battle, or when it was a holiday, or when he was very thankful

for something, King David used to make songs, and sing them before the

people. Some of these songs were so beautiful that they have never been

forgotten. After all these hundreds and hundred of years, we sing them

still; we call them Psalms.

Often, after David had made a song, his chief musician would sing with

him, as the people gathered to worship God. Sometimes the singers were

divided into two great choruses, and went to the service in two

processions; then one chorus would sing a verse of David's song, and the

other procession would answer with the next, and then both would sing

together; it was very beautiful to hear. Even now, we sometimes do that

with the songs of David in our churches.

One of his Psalms that everybody loves is a song that David made when he

remembered the days before he came to Saul's camp. He remembered the

days and nights he used to spend in the fields with the sheep, when he

was just a shepherd-boy; and he thought to himself that God had taken

care of him just as carefully as he himself used to care for the little

lambs. It is a beautiful song; I wish we knew the music that David made

for it, but we only know his words. I will tell it to you now, and then

you may learn it, to say for yourselves.

=The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me

beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of

righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of

death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod

and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine

enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth


Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my

life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.=