King David

A number of Psalms, but by no means all, are ascribed to David.  We know he played the lyer or the zither, he wrote songs of praise (2 Samuel 22) and danced to songs of praise (2 Samuel 6:16).

King David Playing the Zither CELESTI (1637-1712)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/c/celesti/davidzit.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a brief description.

David and Bathesheba is a familiar story, although often simply romanticized.  To obtain her as his wife, David devises a plan to send her husband, his loyal officer in dedicated service to King David, into battle, to be abandoned by the other soldiers and killed by the enemy.  My mother points to stories like this, to take courage that if God can use ordinary people, or even great people with serious faults, to do God’s work, “then God can use me, also.”

David and Uriah REMBRANDT (1665)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/r/rembran/painting/biblic3/david.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and for a brief description and an alternate interpretation that it represents Haman recognizing his Fate.

David and Bathsheba CHAGALL (1956)

See http://www.marcchagallprints.com/view_art.php?art_id=238&min=0&max=10000000&portrait=&original=&sub=&sort_by=&sold= for a source of the above photograph of the lithograph.

David’s son, Absolom, kills David’s son, Amnon, who had tried, unsuccessfully, to seduce their sister, Tamar.  Absolom kills Amnon and flees.  David ultimately forgives Absolom.  2 Samuel 13.

David Pardoning Absolom BLAKE (1800-1803)

See http://www.cecilhigginsartgallery.org/paintings/blakeb2.htm for the source of the above photograph of the pen and watercolor over black lead on paper painting.

2 Samuel 15 tells us that ultimately, Absolom leads a rebellion against his father and David flees.  None the less, King David tells his soldiers not to lay a hand on Absolom.  2 Samuel 18:9 tells us that as Absolom is riding his mule, his long, beautiful hair is caught in a tree, the mule keeps going, and he hangs to death.

The Death of Absolom DORE (1832– 1883)

See http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/96/Gustave_dore_bibel_death_of_absalom.jpg for the source of the above photograph of the etching.

When David learns of Absolom’s death, he weeps bitterly.  “The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: ‘O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son!’”  William Billings, an early American composer, wrote a beautiful, mournful choral piece on that passage.

David Mourning Absolom CHAGALL (1956)

See http://www.spaightwoodgalleries.com/Pages/Chagall_56Bible_lithos2.html for the source of the above photograph of the lithograph.

King David BEAUNEVEU (late 14th Century)

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Beauneveu for the source of the above photograph of the iluminated manuscript.

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