After Samuel anoints David King of Israel, David goes back to tending the sheep. When God told Samuel, David was the one, I’m sure Samuel was the only one who heard Him. The scripture doesn’t suggest that David’s father or brothers knew what had just taken place. However, when the Spirit of the Lord came on David, I believe they knew. There was no celebration, no fan fare though. Samuel simply left and so did David.
Most of the time God’s solutions are strange, but simple. We try to make things too complicated. We need to learn to be watchful for opportunities that might not make much sense to us, but I believe God will put a “Knowing,” in our spirit.
Another thing God will do is a “Suddenly.” He knows what He’s doing; He can suddenly move us from one place to another, even though we thought we’d never move. God’s always concerned with a bigger picture. We have to expand our territory of how we perceive certain situations.
After Samuel anoints David, we come to something disturbing in 1 Samuel 16:14, 15. (Verse 14) But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him.
Note: Before an evil spirit came on Saul, God’s Spirit departed.
In addition, many Christians believe that this very thing can happen to them. It cannot! Moreover, here is why they think that: The preachers or ministers that use verses like this to shock people into changing their behavior don’t understand the message of grace or what transpired at the cross.
Before the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost (Acts 2), the spirit of God never rested permanently on anyone except David and John the Baptizer. The Spirit of God would come on someone for a temporary period of strengthening or insight, or a miracle, whatever was needed at the time.
However at Pentecost, from that time forward, when a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Holy Spirit comes and lives on the inside of each believer. And there He remains; Christ comes and lives in you, never to depart. God does not withdraw His Spirit from a believer, period.
Back to Saul: Saul lived centuries before Christ’s crucifixion and before Pentecost. God had placed His Spirit on Saul, but Saul had rejected God’s ways. We discussed how, before, so I won’t repeat that. God withdrew His Spirit and placed an evil spirit on Saul that tormented his conscious mind. Saul had not taken the things of God seriously.
The Hebrew word here is “Baath,” which means “to fall upon, to startle, and to overwhelm.”
As we will soon find out in this study, that this spirit took possession of Saul. It deprived Saul of peace of mind; stirred up feelings of paranoia, ideas, and imaginations. At times, it drove him to madness. This was a demon that consumed Saul’s very soul. Saul’s servants realized that he needed help.
Verse 16 – “Let our master now command your servants, who are before you, to seek out a man who is a skillful player on the harp; and it shall be that he will play it with his hand when the distressing spirit from God is upon you and you shall be well. (Verse 17) So Saul said to his servants, “Provide me now with a man who can play well, and bring him to me.”
What a unique way to get David in Saul’s presence. David happens to be very skilled with the harp. Is this a coincidence? Not when God is involved. The other thing I want to mention is; the servants knew where this evil spirit came from but Saul didn’t. They were terrified of Saul when he got like this.
Verse 18 – Then one of the servants answered and said, “Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the Lord is with him.
Never discount a talent or experience of your past. God can use anything from our past and open doors of opportunities for our future. That’s exactly what God did with David. Look how this all falls into place: David, a shepherd Jewish boy has learned to play the harp skillfully keeping his sheep calm and filling the hills of Judea with music. Undoubtedly, the servants had heard him.
Verse 19 – Therefore, Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.
Verse 20 – And Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine, and a young goat, and sent them by his son David to Saul.
David goes, but little does he know, he’s about to be tested, tried, and trained, to be king. Those skills that you have been developing that you think are insignificant to anyone else, can and will be used for God’s Kingdom. David not once told Saul, “I’m going to take your throne from you, because God said so.” Not once was he jealous of Saul’s position. He let God open all the doors for opportunity. After all, David truly was after God’s heart.
David came for one purpose, to minister to the king in his depression.
When the Lord prompts us to go to someone in need, for whatever that need is, stick to that purposes. Everything we do, we are to do unto the Lord. If it’s to go to someone in mourning; it might be to just sit beside them and listen; if it’s to feed the homeless, feed them as if you are feeding our King Jesus. The biggest compassion that we can have for another sometimes is just to let them know they are loved!