David in Saul’s Service 1 Samuel 16: 14-23

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14 Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.
15 Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.”
17 So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”

18 One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.”
19 Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” 20 So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.
21 David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers.22 Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.”
23 Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

My Thoughts

David's Lyre
I want to look at something that happens here between Saul and David. In 1 Samuel 10 when Saul is anointed, the Spirit of the Lord comes upon him. However, God removes his Spirit from Saul and then when David is anointed the Spirit of the Lord comes upon David. Here one of Saul’s officials actually tells Saul that there is a son of Jesse in Bethlehem that can play the Lyre and that the Lord is with him. I find it strange that in all of Israel, somebody suggests a 14 year old boy living on the other side of the country. We can definitely see Gods hand at work. The thing that interests me though is when Saul was anointed and the Spirit of the Lord came upon him he was given this instruction…do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.
We see Saul rise from a low position to a king ruling a nation, winning battles and restoring the Promised Land to the people. But when God removes His Spirit from Saul he loses the plot. Now it seems that everything that David puts his hand to is blessed. My thought is this, in the days we live in Gods Spirit has been poured out on all of us. We have been given the same honour that God gave to Saul and to David. The instruction to us should be the same…do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you. If we acknowledge this truth, walk in step with the Spirit we should experience God’s blessing in the same way. Have a blessed day.

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