A man of substance

For the Lesson titled “Substance” from March 10–16, 2014

The life of David is a real rags-to-riches story: a shepherd boy becomes king. And a very successful king, too. He defeated his enemies, founded a dynasty, and left great wealth to his heirs. Surely, if anyone ever fit the world’s definition of “a man of substance,” it’s David.

But he relied on God rather than the might of his armies or the riches of his treasury. And as we’ll see, while his son succeeded him on the throne, David’s spiritual legacy is far greater. The Bible Lesson titled “Substance” shows some of David’s understanding of what is valuable, lasting, and reliable—what is truly substantial—and how that understanding continues to bring blessing and healing today.

David’s words in a psalm lay the foundation for the entire Lesson. The fact that “the goodness of God endureth continually” (Psalm 52:1, Golden Text) is seen throughout the Lesson. This gave David absolute confidence in God rather than in material might. As he wrote, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped” (Psalm 28:7, citation 5).

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