Saul had disobeyed God. Instead of following the directions, he did things his own way. For that mistake, God removed the kingdom of Israel from Saul’s future. Beyond that, 1 Samuel 16:14 states that God also removed His Spirit from Saul. In fact, God replaced His Spirit with an evil spirit that troubled Saul greatly. This evil spirit was so unbearable that Saul did whatever he could to find some relief. The suggestion was made to bring David, a shepherd boy and accomplished musician, to play for the king. At the sound of David’s music, Saul was soothed.
This story is familiar to anyone who grew up in Sunday School or is a student of the Old Testament. Obviously, the most important application of the story is to obey God. If Saul had done so, he would not have found himself in such a state. Considering the story more, however, will bring out other important points.
First is the character of music David must have played to bring about peace to a man who was without hope of receiving that peace from God. We are not told if David’s playing was accompanied by words of any kind. Therefore, the music in and of itself had to have some soothing effect. I won’t belabor this point, but I doubt very much that the music had a loud, crashing, raucous quality to it. Suffice it to say that music is powerful. It has a strong influence. Once words are added, the effect is only strengthened.
The second point is the one that is usually overlooked. Why David? Out of all of Israel, why would Saul’s servants suggest the very man that will be replacing Saul, thus reminding him of his troubles? Could it be that they were unaware of David’s anointing? Possibly, but I believe God had a very specific purpose for their choosing David. David is described as a man after God’s own heart, especially while in his youth. Could it be that Saul was comforted because he was in the company with one who had what he had lost, one who was in communion with God?
Don’t underestimate the influence you have on those around you nor the influence they have on you. As we spend more time in close fellowship with God, we will become more like Christ which will allow others to see Him through us. I’ve always been challenged by the saying “You may be the only Bible someone will ever read.” The question is will we point them in the right direction?
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