David was the ideal Old Testament king, remembered for centuries by the Israelites as the greatest leader. Every other king would be deemed as good or evil (most were the latter) based on how they stacked up against David. They longed for another Messiah like David: a skillful shepherd, valiant warrior, a man of good character and a faithful worshiper. The story of David in 1 and 2 Samuel offers the longest and most in-depth portrait of any biblical character. His biography portrays him as the model (though imperfect) leader: submissive to God and humble in success, conflict, victory and sin; as such he is the forerunner of the gospel of an even greater King who would come to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.