Proverbs 16:19-20: Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.
The closing chapters of 2 Samuel brings us near the end of David’s life (the first chapters of 1 Kings tell of the transfer of the kingship to Solomon and David’s death). Much is shared about the life of David in 1 & 2 Samuel, including the great things that he did as well as his failures.
But mostly I think of David as “lowly in spirit,”—not a haughty person. Certainly before he became king he was unfairly oppressed, particularly by the previous king, Saul, but David always had a very high regard for the “Lord’s anointed.” And on those occasions when David sinned and was confronted about his wrongdoing, he gave “heed to instruction.” I believe he wanted to please the Lord and finish well, and I want to live with attitudes like that as well.
2 Samuel 22 (which has many similarities with Psalm 18) is David’s testimony of praise to the Lord:
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent men you save me. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies…” (22:2-4).