Provide One Who Plays Well – 1 Samuel 16:14-18

I’m currently taking the Beth Moore study, “David.” We finished watching week number two. We spent a lot of time in 1 Samuel 16 and I thought it would be fun to share a few tidbits with those who aren’t able to participate. There were two things that stuck out to me among many when reading 1 Samuel, specifically in verses 14-18 that I wanted to share with you.

We start out in verse 14 with the Spirit of the Lord departing from King Saul. That my friends is not a good thing. An evil spirit from the Lord torments him. I suppose this could cause someone to ask why God sent an evil spirit to torment him. You would need to read the previous verses in Chapter 15 for the answer.

Notice what it says in Chapter 16:14-16:

14 “Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed  from Saul, and an evil  spirit  from the LORD tormented him. 15 Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the harp.  He will play when the evil spirit from God comes upon you, and you will feel better.”

Notice what his response is in v17 – “So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me. It must be someone who plays well.”

As Beth pointed out, can you imagine the torment you would feel being soothed by a bad harp player? Saul knew enough to ask for a good harp player.

Now notice what it says in v18 – “One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse  of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a brave man and a warrior.  He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the LORD is with  him.”

Beth pointed out that the word “servant” there actually means lad or young boy. What’s striking about this is that this lad or servant as the Bible calls him, noticed David. He knew of him, and he knew the Lord was with him.

Here’s the question for today –

When people look at you and I, do they see Jesus in us? Is our life reflecting the Savior of the world? If it is not, what do we have to do?

David was known by this servant to be a brave man, a warrior, one who could speak well, and was fine looking. Above all those outward traits, the most important thing the servant knew and saw was the Lord in David.

You and I can possess many talents, gifts, good looks, and fabulous fine clothes, but if people can’t see Jesus in us, then we must reassess ourselves and strive for change. It wont be gifts and fancy clothes that win people to Christ, it will be our walk and relationship with Him.

Father thank you for the story of David and what it reminds of us. Father help us as we strive to develop a deeper relationship with you so that when people look at us, they see Jesus. In His name I pray, Amen.

In His Service



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