1 Samuel 16:14-23
A few lessons ago, we learned that King Saul began disobeying God and God rejected him as the king. We now read that the Spirit of the Lord left Saul. What does that mean? That means, Saul is no longer close to God and God is no longer protecting him. The Bible also tells us that a troubling spirit began to bother Saul. When we reject God’s protection, we open ourselves up to bad things bothering us!
So Saul’s servants suggested that they find someone who played an instrument, called the harp, to help relax King Saul and help him feel better. Saul though this was a good idea, so one of his servants said that he knew just the man! Jesse’s son, David, was a skilled musician and had a good reputation with everyone. So Saul asked Jesse to send his son, David, to him. Jesse sent David along with gifts to the king. When David arrived, Saul really liked him and made him his armor bearer. Now that kind of sounds like an insignificant job, but really an armor bearer was a very close personal assistant that a leader trusted and got advice from. And whenever Saul was feeling troubled, David would play his harp to sooth Saul.
Now this seems pretty ironic! Here we have the rejected king being comforted by the man who knows God has chosen him as the next king! But this is part of why God chose David. Even though David knows that he will be king one day, he knows that Saul is the leader now and David needs to treat him with respect. We should always honor our leaders, even when they don’t act the way they should, because honoring leadership is honoring God!! David is able to bring comfort to Saul because he is a godly man, even though Saul is not honoring God. We too are called to bring good to our world, even though our world is often a bad place. God is shown to other when we treat others well and it is our job to show the world God’s goodness and love!
Come up with a couple of random act of kindness your family can do to show God’s love to a dark world! Then go do them!