He is one of the most talked about characters in the bible. His famous triumph in the fight against Goliath was actually what brought him to limelight. But before the victory, he had years of serving unnoticed.
David’s dad forgot to include him in the list of sons he had when Samuel came to anoint one of his sons as king. If not for the prompting of Samuel, who knows, maybe he would have been forgotten totally (1 Samuel 16:11). One of the things i love about David is his servant heart. When his siblings were at home, he was in the field looking after his father’s animals (I Samuel 16:12).
After he was anointed as king, i’m sure he would have thought that he wouldn’t have to wait for long before ascending the throne. Naturally he maybe would have assumed that God had prepared the throne for him to reign. But this wasn’t the case. His first test came when he had to serve the current king; not as his second in command so he could learn how to rule, but as his armour bearer who also played music for the king. Can you imagine this? A king sat on the floor playing instruments for another king who he knew has been rejected by God?
David humbled himself and served. He trusted God’s timing. He didn’t bribe or cut corners to make his way into the throne. He had faith in God and trusted the process God was taking him through. From research, David had to wait for around 15 years to start reigning as king.
You might be reading this today and saying to yourself that you feel you are waiting too long. I want to encourage you to trust God’s process and timing. Don’t rush ahead of him to your throne because if you do, you won’t last as you haven’t been well seasoned and groomed for that position. I understand the frustration that comes with waiting. I am still currently waiting on God for some things; so i get it. It can be tiring especially when those around you are getting that thing you’ve been praying about for years. What i have learnt is that we all operate on different time scales. Our processes are all different. Despite these, God is still good and He knows what He is doing. When we receive that thing we have long waited for, we will know why we had to wait this long.
David’s faith in the God he served came to light again when him and Goliath had the famous fight that led to him killing Goliath the giant. When David was given the protective gadgets he needed for the fight, he took them off because they were pulling him down. I find this very profound. Whatever we rely on more than God and His word will certainly pull and weigh us down. David understood that his protection was in God and not on those things he was wearing. He was quick to take them off. I urge you to look deeply into your life and be willing to take off anything that you have idolised above God.
I love what David said in 1 Samuel 17:45-47. He made Goliath aware that he had God with him. His faith in God gave him the confidence to speak to Goliath the way he did. He knew that naturally there was no way he could fight Goliath on his own. He didn’t tell Goliath he will conquer him; rather he said “God will conquer him”. The name of God of Israel was exalted in the end as Goliath’s head was in David’s hand. It quickly became the talk of town that little David killed the giant Goliath.
This of course made Saul who wasn’t able to achieve this jealous to the point of wanting to kill David. David escaped Saul’s several attempts to kill him while serving. This even made the situation worse. If i was David, i certainly would have reminded Saul of the time he lost the throne by disobeying God. I would have reminded him that he’s been rejected by God and that i have been anointed as king to rule of Israel. I certainly would have given him a lecture on how to serve God diligently by obeying him and also on how to be nice to people. David didn’t do any of these. He stayed serving even when quitting looked like the better option. He stayed humble.
The third test came when David had the first opportunity to kill Saul. He could have easily done this and found ways to justify his actions. His men said “Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the Lord is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’”. 1 Samuel 24:4a
It might be easy to criticise David’s men because of what they said. They would have heard and saw how Saul sought to kill David. Maybe they’ve witnessed the hatred Saul had against him. I am one of those people who can’t fight for themselves but can’t stay silent when someone else is treated badly. Thinking of it myself, i most likely would have said same.
It’s very important for us as christians to be able to discern what God wants us to do in situations of life. Thank God for David who was able to pass this test. In response to his men’s advice, the bible says;
So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe.
But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king. I shouldn’t attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.” 1 Samuel 24:4-6
His heart pricked him just because he cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe. He respected Saul.
David had a servant heart from the get go. This didn’t change even after he was anointed to be king. Influence, charisma or looks might get someone to the top but discipline will keep him/her there. Discipline is what we get from the wait. When we learn to manage with little, we do better when given much.
During the period of waiting, God was putting finishing touches to the skills David needed to sustain the throne when that time came.
Don’t rush the process
David had a second opportunity to kill Saul in 1 Samuel 26 but he didn’t. He didn’t fight for himself. He allowed God to do it for him. Sometimes we think we can help God. This is when we take matters into our hands and get hooked in the heated crisis of life.
He was a psalmist, a worshipper, he gave wholeheartedly to God’s work. Despite all of these beautiful attributes, he also had his moments. The highly acclaimed king David committed adultery and came up with a strategy to kill the husband of the woman. However when confronted, he repented. He was someone who was able to tap into the grace of God. He didn’t continue in sin to enjoy grace. He had low days just like everyone of us. However, he picked himself up everytime.
His story again proves to us that the great biblical heroes weren’t perfect.
God isn’t interested in our perfection. He is interested in our submission.
David; a man described as one who was after God’s heart wasn’t perfect. But he was always willing to repent and submit his heart to God. Are you willing to be submissive to Him?
With the above, i have decided;
- To continue to trust my process. Never to compare my time with others.
- To always see others through the eyes of Christ
- Continue to rely on the Holy Spirit so i can discern what God wants me to do.
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I have created a separate category for this series. Please click on it to read about Jephthah, Samson, Barak, Gideon, Rahab, Moses, Joseph, Jacob, Isaac, Abraham and Sarah, Noah, Enoch and Abel.
See you next time as we look at our final hero in Hebrews 11 – Samuel.
God bless you!