David was walking next to Jonathan as they entered Hebron after the battle. King Saul and Abner led the military procession.
People lined the street and played every musical instrument they could find. Soon the words to a song began to be heard over the music:
“Saul has slain his thousands of people,
while David has slain tens of thousands.”
A young woman rushed to David and kissed him on the lips. Saul lowered his eyebrows and turned to look at David.
David wiped his mouth as he watched the woman return to her position. He couldn’t help but see the king’s glare when he looked back ahead. David shrugged his shoulders.
When David finished his breakfast the following morning he was approached by one of Saul’s servants. “David, the king has another distressing spirit, today. Your musical talents are needed immediately.”
David stood. “Sure thing, anything for the Lord’s anointed. Lead the way.”
A heavy unease followed David to the harp by the stare Saul held on him. He closed his eyes as the harp came to rest on his shoulder.
David peaked at Saul to find him setting back in his throne, but still tense. He closed his eyes and continued to play. His eyes flew open when Saul spoke.
“…thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” Saul picked his spear up and threw it at David.
David leaned to his left to miss the projectile as it stuck in the wall where his right shoulder was.
Saul’s body shook before he walked over to David. “I’m so sorry, David. Please continue to play. I’m feeling better by your music.”
David noticed that Saul refused to make eye contact as he removed the spear from the wall and returned to the throne. David kept his eyes open as he returned to strumming the harp.
David stood the harp up and dove to the floor to his left as Saul stood and hurled the spear at him a second time. The impact into the wall made the shaft vibrate against the harp.
David left the throne room before Saul had any chance to talk.
How does God go about making a shepherd boy into a king? Step 7: He drives him out of the current king’s throne room to begin establishing his own following.
It should come as no surprise that Saul got another distressing spirit from the reception they received from the masses as they returned from the battle David led in victory. The envy Saul held from David’s popularity would be enough to lead anybody into a depression.
Saul convinced himself that David could only move upward in his new popularity. The top of the Israeli ladder was where Saul enjoyed being, thank you very much.
I’ve heard it said that power has a way of taking control of those who hold it. That was definitely on display here. Saul had already misused his authority of the kingship when he led the sacrifice that only Samuel could perform earlier in his reign. That’s why God removed his Spirit from him at this point.
David’s star was on an unprecedented rise to the top. Saul could see the signs as clearly as anything. The throne would one day belong to David. There was no doubt about that.
What Saul didn’t see was David’s heart. He didn’t know how dearly David held God’s anointing of the man who held the throne. He wouldn’t do anything to harm Saul out of respect for God’s choosing, even after Saul tried to kill him twice.
The Bible goes on to record the effort Saul expended on trying to kill David for over a decade. It also shows how David didn’t put an end to it when he had an extremely good opportunity to do just that in a cave while Saul was relieving himself. Even Saul was impressed by David’s gesture of respect.
It was only after Saul died in battle that David made his move to take his place on the throne as God’s anointed. Yeah, a lot of hard tests preceded David’s kingship.
So, who in your life are you envying to your detriment. That’s right, whenever you hold yourself up against somebody else you’re only hurting yourself, not the other person.
God’s plan for each person is as different as each person He made. If somebody whose been writing for less time than you gets a multi-book contract before you get your very first single book contract rejoice with that person. Don’t look at them with suspicion because they “caught a break” that you didn’t. God is in control of each person’s career. Your time will come according to God’s timetable.
It doesn’t take a position as high as a kingship to test you in the power struggle. Everybody has a certain amount of “power” over someone else. Parents have that over their kids; teachers over students, coaches over players, supervisors over workers.
Do you look at those under you with suspicion and fear they’ll take your place someday. Let them do it. Actually, you should be training them to do just that. You can’t keep your position forever. Somebody will have to take your place.
Your children will one day be the parents of your grandchildren. Model for them how you want your grandkids to be raised. Your students will teach the next generation of students. Give them a role model to emulate. Give your players the right balance of fun and push to be their best so they long to pass that along to others in the future.
I’m fairly confident if you mold a worker to take your position of supervisor in your department at work you’ll be promoted to a higher position in the company when your supervisors see they way you encourage such growth.
You see, the power you wield today is a test for you. How you handle this power will show how well you’re going to handle the next level of power up the ladder.
I’ll see you later. Wade