The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king” (1 Samuel 16:1).
The life of David is a tapestry filled with so many intricacies. God informed the prophet Samuel to go to the house of Jesse. His mission was to anoint one of his sons to be the next king of Israel. David was chosen and anointed. This was confirmed by God; for the Bible says; So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David (1 Samuel 16:13).
For us to understand why David became a special tool in God’s hand, it’s important to look at the following aspects of his life:
DAVID AS A SHEPHERD
Leadership positions do require some kind of qualifications; which inevitably calls for training – whether formal or informal. This helps to ensure the person’s suitability and readiness to assume that role with maximum efficiency and delivery. David was not exempted from such training; while others would get their credentials through the halls of academic institutions; he got his on the grassy fields of Israel by shepherding his father’s sheep.
As a shepherd, David understood the power and importance of commitment and loyalty. He also knew the value of vision casting to ensure maximum production. Through shepherding, he understood the importance of servant leadership by serving the needs of the sheep i.e. feeding, caring and protecting. Due to these experiences David was able to say to Saul; “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it (1 Samuel 17:34-35).
Aside from David, other notable leaders – biblical or secular have life’s experiences that are filled with stories of humble beginnings. As a shepherd, David had no inkling of knowing that he’ll one day become an important tool in God’s hand. Little did he know that, taking care of his father’s sheep was perfect training ground to equip him in his future job as king. In our walk with God, we may not know how he would molding us to help us fit into our future roles in his vineyard. Just as David had to take care of sheep before he was promoted, there were other people like Moses, Joseph, Daniel and Esther whose beginnings were rife with risks and uncertainties, God used their particular situations to shape them into great leaders. For this reason, we need to cherish all the challenges we may have encountered in our past, and embrace them as stepping stones into greatness.
DAVID AS A WARRIOR
The Bible says the Philistines have been harassing the Israelites for long time. They were terrified by Goliath the giant. Per chance, David happened to be at the battlefield when he went to visit his brothers. He was surprised to see how Goliath was taunting the army of Israel. David could not tolerate this uncircumcised man’s disrespect for God and his people. He asked 26 the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God” (1 Samuel 17:26)?
David saw the need to defend the God of Abraham whose reputation was at stake. His jealousy grew for Israel; a nation chosen by God. These and other thoughts motivated him (David) to go forward to face Goliath. David relied solely on God and his faithfulness in defending his people in times of trouble. His words to Goliath therefore were; 45 “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands” (1 Samuel 17:45-47).
With these words, David rushed onto Goliath, slung a stone that sank into the forehead of Goliath to kill him. Yes, the battle is the Lord’s. David had won the victory for the whole nation of Israel; all because, he encouraged himself in the Lord; trusting him to bring him victory. As humans, we all face daily challenges and struggles in our lives. There might be times that we see the “Goliaths” of life eclipsing the power and love of God that act as our support and anchor. There might be times that we feel insignificant to face life’s problems. No matter what life throws at us, let’s motivate ourselves and move forward just as David did; knowing that, the battle is the Lord’s.
DAVID AS A KING
David was anointed three times to be king of Israel. The first anointing was what I alluded to above when Samuel went to Jesse’s house to anoint him because he (God) had rejected Saul (1 Samuel 16:13). The second anointing of David happened when he was anointed to be king over Judah – the tribe he belongs to (2 Samuel 2:4). His third and final anointing was to be king over both Judah and Israel (2 Samuel 5:3). In all three anointing, we see the hand of God in his appointment and acceptance by the people of both Judah and Israel to be their king.
Writing about David in Acts 13:22, Paul said; After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ The question is, “How did David become a man after God’s heart after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband (2 Samuel 11:2-5)? Psalm 51 is in response to his admission of sin and guilt; thereby asking for God’s forgiveness.
The Psalms often reveal the heart of David. Through them, we see his obedience to God, his readiness to worship him, his remembrance of God’s goodness to him and his willingness to thank him. As well, we see his dedication and commitment to things of God to the point of getting ready all the necessary materials to enable his son Solomon build the house of God.
It’s true, God might have anointed and appointed us for his service; however, the full realization of what he wants us to become and do for him may take time as was in the case of David. God continues to “polish” us by using situations both good and bad to build in us the necessary qualities we need to do what he has called us to do. The other thing we can also learn from David’s life as a king is that, no matter our positions in life, there’s the need for great caution and judgment so we don’t let down our guard. The devil is out there to get to us; and we have to be vigilante not to fall prey to his tricks and traps.
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