David became Saul’s servant

Last updated on November 29, 2023

“One of the young men answered, ‘Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence, and the Lord is with him.’ … And David came to Saul and entered his service.” (1 Samuel 16:18-21)

The Lord God had departed from Saul. Since then, he was regularly plagued by an evil spirit that made him anxious. To give Saul relief, his servants looked for someone who could play the harp well. The music would calm the king, or at least that was their idea.
As a candidate for this position, they named … David! They were full of praise for him, but did not know that he had been anointed king over Israel. And David apparently kept that information to himself. He came to the palace, but not to take the reins. He came as Saul’s servant. After a while, he even became his armor bearer.
What a strange situation. The old king, who had been rejected by God, was still in power. The new king was his armor bearer, and hardly anyone knew about his calling.

David did not take matters into his own hands. He had no intention of seizing the crown by force. He was waiting for the Lord God, Who had anointed him king, to intervene further.
Do you know of other examples, perhaps from your own life, where patience was needed until God intervened? Do these examples help you to trust in a good outcome?

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