The King’s Court

Read: 1 Samuel 16:17-23

      This passage in the Bible is so inspiring to me! Here was David, a shepherd boy, who was skilled and had great potential. Yet he spent all his time in the fields looking after sheep. Instead of doubting himself and God, David took his one small job and put everything he had into it. He even sacrificed his life to protect his sheep. (1 Samuel 17:34-35) How many times do you look at other people who are doing great things with their life and making an impact on others around them? How many times do you feel that what you do is insignificant compared to them? King Saul called for David because he had heard that David played the harp well. It is also mentioned that David was a mighty man, prudent in amtters, a comely person, and that he had The Lord with him. So obviously, David did not hide his talents, and used them to his best ability, even though he was just a shepherd boy. He had a solid reputation. Saul liked what he heard and grew to love David. So, David left his family, flock, and everything he had ever known to play the harp for Saul. Even though at the time it may have seemed simple and foolish to sit around and play the harp at the King’s feet all day, he remained consistent at his job and faithful to God’s will.

Now Read: 2 Samuel 5:1-4

     Years later, King Saul had died. David was then anointed King over Israel. He was 30 years old at the start of his reign. David was only a young man (pre-teen) when he begun playing the harp for Saul. Because David was consistent and faithful, God put him in a position (playing the harp) to learn first hand knowledge of how the king’s court works and the duties of the king. God placed him in that position because David was to be King of Israel later on (which David did not know). Even if it might have seemed foolish and frustrating at the time, God was preparing David to take an even bigger role in His perfect plan.



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