Monday 10 October, 2016

1 Samuel 16:14-23

14 The Spirit of the Lord had left Saul. And an evil spirit sent by the Lord terrified him. 15 Saul’s attendants said to him, “An evil spirit sent by God is terrifying you. 16 Give us an order to look for someone who can play the harp. He will play it when the evil spirit sent by God comes on you. Then you will feel better.” 17 So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays the harp well. Bring him to me.” 18 One of the servants said, “I’ve seen someone who knows how to play the harp. He is a son of Jesse from Bethlehem. He’s a brave man. He would make a good soldier. He’s a good speaker. He’s very handsome. And the Lord is with him.” 19 Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse. He said, “Send me your son David, the one who takes care of your sheep.” 20 So Jesse got some bread and a bottle of wine. The bottle was made out of animal skin. He also got a young goat. He loaded everything on the back of a donkey. He sent all of it to Saul with his son David. 21 David went to Saul and began to serve him. Saul liked him very much. David became one of the men who carried Saul’s armor. 22 Saul sent a message to Jesse. Saul said, “Let David stay here. I want him to serve me. I’m pleased with him.” 23 When the evil spirit sent by God would come on Saul, David would get his harp and play it. That would help Saul. He would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

We have just seen David anointed as the future king of Israel. I used to wonder how he went from this event to living in the palace serving King Saul. Here is the answer: Saul was rejected as king by God and afflicted by him with a spirit of depression. However God helps Saul by bringing David to play soothing music when he is tormented. The Spirit of God was powerfully on David v.13. David developed his musical gift in the lonely days as a shepherd. God used that gift to bring him into the palace and into the favour of King Saul to position him for his role as the anointed king.

We are all gifted by God in certain ways just as David was. If we develop and hone these skills, we are also positioning ourselves for the next thing God has planned for us. We see that no experience or learning is wasted in our lives. God is building us into the people we need to be, to succeed in whatever He wants us to do. David entered Saul’s court as a servant and became the greatest king Israel ever had. I hope that when God gives me the opportunity to change and step up, I will be brave and confident, recognising how He has been preparing me for it.

Dear Lord, help me to be diligent in all that I do so that I am ready to move forward into the role that you have prepared for me. I never feel adequate Lord, but I thank you for teaching me step by step and being by my side. Help me with change and give me courage to serve you. Amen

Written by Dimity Milne

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