The majority of the books of 1 & 2 Samuel are taken up by the life story of David. David is one of the most important figures of world history, the subject of vast numbers of paintings, sculptures, writings, and poems. The story of his life is a captivating story it is a story of greatness and faithfulness, yet also a story of weakness and failure. He is also one of the most significant people in the Bible. His reign shaped the nation of Israel, and God promised that from his descendants would come the Messiah, the one who would rule eternally.