The Lord calls out to Samuel to fill his horn with oil and anoint one of Jesse’s sons. The youngest son would be the next king. David “was a valiant man, man of war, prudent in speech and eloquent, an attractive person; and the Lord is with him” (I Sam. 16:18).
God works in unorthodox ways. We see how David is introduced to Saul because he played the lyre skillfully. Whenever Saul was troubled by the evil spirits, David would play and the sprits would leave him. Saul liked him so much that he appointed David to be his armor-bearer.
We know the story of “David and Goliath”; we read above about David’s qualities and how the same character is present when he wonders why Saul’s men are not fighting against Goliath. The matter is brought to Saul’s attention and he summons David to discuss. As the story goes, Saul eventually allows David to fight Goliath.
David’s faith was like a focused tornado. He tended his sheep and when the prey was trying to attack his flock, he would focus, have faith in God, and attack and kill the animal to rescue his sheeps.
David didn’t run away from his enemy but ripped through them like a tornado takes up anything in its path. Sure enough, he did the same with Goliath and the sling shot.
Saul tries to equip David with his armor. But David says in I Sam. 17:39, …I cannot go with these, for I am not used to them. And David took them off.”
David is accustomed to using the “armor of God” that when Saul tries to put on man’s armor he cannot function properly. This is how it should be for ourselves as well; God’s Word should be engraved in us that when we try anything else but God, it should feel uncomfortable.
I Samuel 17:47 (AMP)
And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.
David didn’t return back to his home after the battle with Goliath. He stayed with Saul, fought in battles, and prospered. But we know of the jealousy that brewed in Saul’s heart which caused him to hate David and eventually tried to kill him.
God continued to bless David in battles, and the people loved him. But there came a time that David had to depart from Saul’s house and flee for his life. He was fleeing from Saul for many years until the day Saul died.
Acts 13:22 (KJV)
And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
During this whole time, David continued to seek the Lord during his low and high points in this journey. This trying period helped his faith grow stronger and became “the man after God’s own heart.”
David suffered a lot with Saul causing much distress in his life. But David didn’t lose hope. Because of his faithfulness, he knew that God was going to fulfill His promise. He kept his faith through the bad times and eventually became the second king of Israel.
Are we shaken to pieces when tests come our way or do we hold tight and soar above like an Eagle?
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.