David Moved To A Higher Level

21 So David went to Saul and began serving him. Saul loved David very much, and David became his armor bearer.
1 Samuel 16:21 (NLT)

We continue with the story of David. In the previous article, we have seen how David was anointed. Since then, David had the anointing from God to be a successful king. However, the anointing was in spiritual form. Physically, everything looked the same although in the spiritual realm David was transformed into a king.

Let us see how Saul was doing. When he was first anointed, he was filled with the Holy Spirit. In those days where Jesus had not died, the Holy Spirit moved in and out from people as he pleased. Today, as Christians we are sealed with the Spirit. The Holy Spirit will never leave us no matter what happens because he is sealed in us. When someone or something is sealed, there is no way out. However, such privilege was not available to Saul. When God rejected Saul as king, his Spirit left Saul.

14 Now the Spirit of the Lord had left Saul, and the Lord sent a tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear.
1 Samuel 16:14 (NLT)

When I first read this verse, I thought Saul was demon possessed. It wasn’t. The reason is simple. Demonic possession cannot be overcome with music. So, I suspect it was a evil spirit planting negative thoughts into Saul’s mind which had caused him to live in depression and fear.

I am sure this is something all of us are familiar of. The devil loves to plant negative thoughts into our minds. When times are bad (like now), the devil will tell us that things are going to get worse. However, when times get better, the devil will tell us that good times are not going to last. His intention is to make us think negative, which will lead us to live in depression and fear.

The good news is, we are not obligated to obey him. We have the choice to think positive even if the devil is planting negative thoughts in our mind right now. We need to believe and be convinced that he who is in us is greater than he who is in this world. Our prosperity comes from within us and not affected by the physical environment out there. We can be rich even if we are living in poor countries.

King Saul did not have the power to overcome the negative thoughts planted by the tormenting spirit. You may notice the phase “Lord sent a tormenting spirit”. I am sure theologians will jump in to use this to convince us that our God is a pervert. However, I would like to point out to you that it is only an expression in their language. The Lord could never send any tormenting spirit because he has none of those. The only place where tormenting spirits are available is hell. God will never go to hell to borrow tormenting spirits from Satan to do his perverted works.

Let me prove my statement.

15 Some of Saul’s servants said to him, “A tormenting spirit from God is troubling you.
16 Let us find a good musician to play the harp whenever the tormenting spirit troubles you. He will play soothing music, and you will soon be well again.”
1 Samuel 16:15-16 (NLT)

Here is my question to you. How did the servant know it was a tormenting spirit from God that troubled Saul? Was he a prophet? Did God tell him? This means the phase “tormenting spirit from God” must be a figure of speech. It does not have literal meaning.

In the next verse, the servant recommended music therapy to overcome the “tormenting spirit from God”. Is God afraid of music? I hope my explanation on the phase “tormenting spirit from God” is clear.

In the above verse, Saul’s servant suggested music as a remedy to Saul’s depression. People in those days seemed to know the positive effects from music. The lesson for us here is, if you are depressed, listen to some music.

17 “All right,” Saul said. “Find me someone who plays well, and bring him here.”
18 One of the servants said to Saul, “One of Jesse’s sons from Bethlehem is a talented harp player. Not only that—he is a brave warrior, a man of war, and has good judgment. He is also a fine-looking young man, and the Lord is with him.”
1 Samuel 16:17-18 (NLT)

It seemed like one of the servants knew David. He even had a high opinion of David. He recommended David to the king. I like the last part that says “the Lord is with him.” How did that man knew the Lord was with David? Was he around when Samuel anointed David? It was very unlikely. During the anointing, only Saul and Jesse’s household were around. This tells us that the presence of the Lord in David must have yielded some physical signs.

If you are blessed, your blessings will not be restricted to the spiritual realms for long. It has to come out. The anointing of God in David must have manifested so clearly that those around him could see it and the news of it must have reached the king’s employee. Thus, David was appointed to work as the king’s musician.

19 So Saul sent messengers to Jesse to say, “Send me your son David, the shepherd.”
20 Jesse responded by sending David to Saul, along with a young goat, a donkey loaded with bread, and a wineskin full of wine.
1 Samuel 16:19-20 (NLT)

Finally, David was going somewhere. How was David doing in his new job?

21 So David went to Saul and began serving him. Saul loved David very much, and David became his armor bearer.
22 Then Saul sent word to Jesse asking, “Please let David remain in my service, for I am very pleased with him.”
23 And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting spirit would go away.
1 Samuel 16:21-23 (NLT)

He got so much favor from the king that he was promoted to be the king’s armor bearer. This must be a great achievement especially for a shepherd boy. The anointing of God worked in David’s life.

Let us stop here to see what we can learn from this story. In the previous article, we have seen David anointed by God. Nothing physically had changed the moment he was anointed. In this article, we are looking at the effect of the anointing.

David’s transformation was so clear that he became the talk of the town. People could see clearly that the Lord was with him. This news even reached the king’s palace and he was recommended to be the king’s musician. After he got in, he got promoted.

The same can happen to us, Christians. As Christians, we were anointed since we believed in Jesus. Nothing physical had changed the moment we became Christians but the transformation had happened in the spiritual realms. We need to spend time with God, build up our faith and obey him. Soon, our transformation will be so clear that even people around us can see them. We will be on our way to reach the sky.

David did not apply for the palace jobs. He was recommended by someone he did not even know. The servant who recommended David did not seem to know him personally. He seemed to know David from hearsay only. Yet he dared to take the risk to recommend David. David had been faithfully tending sheep until the appointment came to him.

If God can do that for David, he can do the same for us. You may be faced with many limitations right now. You may be the equivalent of a shepherd, stuck in a job that has bad prospect and low salary. God’s will is for you to do your job faithfully. He is working behind the scenes to give you a great job. Something great is coming your way. You will be going to the palace soon. Keep believing and don’t give up. Your prosperity will come.

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