Thursday, May 31, 2012

God thoughts

I wonder if Jesse or David were scared when Saul called for David to come to him? Samuel had come, anointed David and then left.  

       (side thought...have you ever felt that powerful moment where you KNOW that God has called you to do something great and your excitement is unquenchable? Then, as life goes on, you begin to wonder if you really did hear God say that? Because if He did, wouldn't something have shifted in the daily routine? Wouldn't someone have come up to you by now, sent by God, and put you on the path to this new vision God gave you? Once David was anointed and the Spirit of God was with him, what happened? The prophet left. David went back to tend sheep.)

Ok... 1 Samuel 16:13-21
   Samuel took his flask of oil and anointed him, with his brothers standing around watching. The Spirit of God entered David like a rush of wind, God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life.
    Samuel left and went home to Ramah.
David—An Excellent Musician
14 At that very moment the Spirit of God left Saul and in its place a black mood sent byGod settled on him. He was terrified.
 15-16 Saul's advisors said, "This awful tormenting depression from God is making your life miserable. O Master, let us help. Let us look for someone who can play the harp. When the black mood from God moves in, he'll play his music and you'll feel better."
 17 Saul told his servants, "Go ahead. Find me someone who can play well and bring him to me."
 18 One of the young men spoke up, "I know someone. I've seen him myself: the son of Jesse of Bethlehem, an excellent musician. He's also courageous, of age, well-spoken, and good-looking. And God is with him."
 19 So Saul sent messengers to Jesse requesting, "Send your son David to me, the one who tends the sheep."
 20-21 Jesse took a donkey, loaded it with a couple of loaves of bread, a flask of wine, and a young goat, and sent his son David with it to Saul. David came to Saul and stood before him. Saul liked him immediately and made him his right-hand man.

Before this, Saul was in a battle and was about to have his own son, Jonathan, killed for not obeying his command (Jonathan had not been in the hearing when the command was given, so he didn't know). Obviously, Saul had an anger management problem.

So, my question is, was Jesse thinking this was the last time he was going to hug his son goodbye when they get word that the Anger-prone, God-is-no-longer-with-him king summoned the now anointed, God-is-with-him boy who will be king. Had Saul somehow heard what Samuel had done? Was Saul luring David into his presence just to slay him so that he would remain king? Did David think he was walking his own death march to the palace?

As we continue to read, we know the answer to that is no. David was Saul's answer to his current problem. But still, how would you feel if you were in David's shoes being called before the king that you have been anointed to replace?

Just a thought . . .. 

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