The Bible does not say much at all about the mother of King David. We know that his dad was called Jesse who was the grandson of Boaz from the story of Ruth. Jesse gets quite a few mentions throughout the Bible. He was there when Samuel came to anoint David as king and it is he that later sent David off with food supplies for David’s brothers. But what of his mother?
The only possible mention of David’s mother is in Psalm 86v16:
“Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did.”
David was a man who lived to serve God. In fact, God chose him over Saul because he “sought out a man after his own heart” (1 Sam 13v14). Could it be that David’s inherent desire to worship God was instilled in him by observing the example set by his own mother?
Although not mentioned directly in the Bible, there is a strong Jewish tradition that David’s mother was called Nitzevet and that, even though David was shunned by his brothers and often overlooked by his father, his mother maintained a close relationship with him throughout his childhood years.
It is hard to overestimate the importance of a godly example set day after day by our mothers. Much of what they do goes without any public recognition, but the fruit of their work can have eternal significance.
So, a nod to King David’s mother, whoever she was, my profound thanks to my own mother, and also to Ali, the mother of my children. And a salute to all mothers everywhere.
* Psalm 86 is attributed to David. In Verse 16, the NIV goes with the word mother, although other Bible versions such as the ESV translate it maidservant instead.