Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.” And Jesse took a donkey laden with bread and a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them by David his son to Saul. And David came to Saul and entered his service. And Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armour-bearer. And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Let David remain in my service, for he has found favour in my sight.” And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him.
Comment: These few lines cover a lot more territory than they seem to. It obviously covers a significant period of time. David was apparently often called to play his lyre and placate Saul’s troubled spirit. What does the phrase ‘ Saul loved him greatly’ mean? I suspect that Saul recognized the one who brought solace to his troubled episodes, but I doubt if it means more than that. Saul appreciated him and kept him nearby for those occasions. ‘His armour bearer’ probably means a very important job title and not just something to justify David’s presence around the place. In view of what follows in the story I think this phrase was written after events which are still to come in the book of Samuel.
Prayer: Help me to walk before You ‘by faith’, a day at the time, not demanding to see the whole future.
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Thank you Barry, for your comments on this passage. I think that God knows that we could not cope with knowing our whole future. We only need to trust Him for one day at a time, or one moment at a time. We do not know from one moment to the next what is going to happen, and if we did know, we could not do anything to stop it from happening. If I had known, at the age of 20, what was going to happen for the rest of my life, I would not have been able to cope with the enormity of it all. But one day at a time, it has unfolded, God has been with me, He has guided me, and helped me, and I am still looking to Him each day. God bless you.
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