But I am struck by counter examples of such violence, whether for good or for evil. His mercy for Nabal after Abagail's appeal, and when he spared Saul in the cave when he could have killed Saul and ended his own miserable life as a fugitive from wayward king Saul. Despite this restraint, he was typically armed and ready. Not always wanting to kill, but willing, and known for his warrior skill - sometimes for defense, and sometimes for evil reasons. David was a fallen man, and yet a man who always looked to God for guidance, and for mercy. So in spite of his sin and fallibility, God loved him for the heart inside of David that constantly was in pursuit of God.
David was the imperfect king. But Jesus is the perfect King.
David was the almost king. Jesus is the Already King.
David sinned. Jesus saved.
David sleeps. Jesus rose again, and rules still.
Lord, let me see that I will never be more than a David, and let my life always point to Jesus.