Man of Prayer, Man of War
Only the supreme providence of God and the unfathomable depths of divine grace could have conceived and forged the life of David. God made the son of Jesse into the emblem of the kingly office which only Christ would fulfill more gloriously. He embodied all the qualities of manly nobility and charm. Everyone in his day loved David, except the most ugly and despicable figures. David: Man of Prayer, Man of War is the finest exploration of David’s life written in the last 100 years.
No matter how high David rose above other men, his spirit was childlike toward the Lord. He who was equally at home holding the shepherd’s staff, the warrior’s sword, the poet’s harp, and the ruler’s sceptre, was completely transparent in the humbling of himself before the God of all the earth. This ease and simplicity in worship draws out our deepest emotions as we read the life of David, King of Israel. We love this man for showing us how to pray from every point of life’s compass. We love him for showing us how, in the midst of spiritual failure, we too can draw near to the Lord again in trust and devotion.
Perfectionists will not be comfortable with David. Those who stumble often, but who always turn with melted hearts to God for pardon and help, will find in him a brother for all situations. Such people will love the sacred history of his life and find it totally engrossing.
Table of Contents
- A Man After God’s Own Heart
- The Lord Looks on the Heart
- The Lord is With Him
- David and Saul
- The Battle is the Lord’s
- Love and Marriage
- A Sanctuary from Oppression
- Farewell to Gibeah, Home, and Friends
- David In the Wilderness, Part 1
- In the Wilderness, Part 2
- In the Wilderness, Part 3
- More In the Wilderness, Part 4
- David In the Wilderness, Part 5
- Ascending to a Throne
- Looking Into the Face of Death
- Civil War
- Civil War Stumbles to a Conclusion
- The City of David
- Bringing the Ark of God to Jerusalem
- The House God Would Build
- Remembering Old Friends and Covenants
- David’s Tragic Sin
- David’s Repentance
- A Stunning Transformation
- God’s Chastening of David Begun
- David’s Mournful Retreat
- Civil War Once More
- An Elderly Man Offers Noble Service
- The Terror of the Lord
- Preparations for Solomon’s Temple
- A Final Messianic Psalm
- David Prepares to Rest with His Fathers
About the Author
Walt Chantry was born in 1938 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He was raised in the Presbyterian Church and was converted to Christ as a teenager. He graduated from Dickinson College in 1960 with a B.A. in History, and went on to receive a B.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1963.
That same year he was called to be pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where he served the Lord for the next 39 years. He is author of several books, including The Shadow of the Cross and Signs of the Apostles.
Soon after his retirement in 2002 he was asked to be the editor of The Banner of Truth magazine and continued in this ministry for seven years. Walt and his wife Joie now reside in Waukesha, Wisconsin.