David Enters King Saul’s Service

Text: I Samuel 16:14-23
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
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Date: August 24, 2008

In last week’s text David, the man after God’s own heart, was secretly anointed by Samuel to be the next king of Israel. Saul, however, is still on the throne. The rest of I Samuel will chronicle the rise of David and the decline of Saul.

The first recorded encounter between David and Saul is quite remarkable. The LORD takes His Spirit from Saul and sends an evil spirit to torment him. Saul seeks a musician who can ease his suffering and by God’s providence David is summoned. This passage has some interpretive challenges: Can we lose the Spirit of God? How can the LORD send an evil spirit? Are our problems caused by evil spirits?

Our text also has wonderful practical applications: How is music used spiritually in our day? How is our culture filled with people like Saul – miserable because of their alienation from God but seeking only temporary relief through music, money, entertainment, etc.? How can we emulate David in being an instrument of God’s mercy to our culture?

Finally, as always, we see Christ clearly portrayed as the Anointed One who first was a servant before being enthroned.

Posted on August 24th, 2008 | Permalink