Monday 4 March, 2013

1 Samuel 16:14-23

14 The Spirit of the Lord had left Saul. And an evil spirit that was sent by the Lord terrified him. 15 Saul’s attendants said to him, “An evil spirit that was 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 that was 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. It said, “Let David stay here. I want him to serve me. I’m pleased with him.” 23 When the evil spirit that was 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.

Other people watch our lives. David’s actions provided a powerful testimony to those who saw him— and they told Saul what they saw. What kind of advertisement have we Cialis canada been this week for God? A good one or a bad one? What do people see in my life, what do they remember, and what do they report to others? Is it something that pleases the Lord?

David never sought the spotlight. He resisted the pride that often tempts us after great accomplishments. David was humble, consistent, faithful, dependable, and as a humble servant–genuinely unaware of himself.

After David was anointed by Samuel as the next king, he went back to his obscure job tending sheep, and also worked as a courier for his dad during the war by taking provisions to his brothers in the army.

Whenever Saul was troubled, David played for him and turned aside God’s anger. David’s love and passion

for God comforted the souls of those around him. David became an instrument of God’s mercy to Saul. Saul and his subjects were blessed by David’s presence.

How did David get to be great – by a continuation of many little choices.  What has God entrusted to me? What am I doing with what God has put under my care?

Lord God, help me to be salt and light to a lost and dying world around me. Help me show your kindness and goodness to people in my world, and by this, impress a lost world with the love of Christ.

Written by Cathy Croft


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