So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah. Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him. (1 Samuel 16:13-14 NIV)
The 16th chapter of 1 Samuel is about two men with the Spirit of God. It was evident to observers that these men had the Spirit of God in them.
Both men had Samuel in common. The first man in this chapter is anointed by Samuel. The way it’s written it’s as though as this man was anointed by Samuel and received the Spirit of God, someone else who had received a similar experience previously entered a very different experience with the Spirit of God.
Yet these two men would meet as their encounter with the Spirit of God would be brought together, one for the relief of the other. Little realising at the time, certainly as far as the older one was aware, that in the meeting the younger was in line to replace the older in his position because the younger was identified by God because of the state of his heart.
The term ‘favour’ is a fascinating one and the younger man exhibits it in abundance in this chapter. His reputation has gone before him – he’s well-spoken, brave, a warrior, good-looking – what’s also remarked about him is that the Lord is with him. A feature all the more remarkable because he is earmarked to be of service to someone for whom it is apparent that the Lord is with him too, but in a completely different way. As this young man enters the service of the older man in music therapy, the young man finds favour with the old man. “I like this guy,” the older fellow is saying, “this guy, I like. He knows what he’s doing and he does it well. This guy I like, this guy I will keep with me.” In letting him become an armour-bearer, he was granted access and insight into a whole new world – the world of royalty, the world of leadership and strategic corporate oversight. No longer would this young man just be known for hanging around to look after sheep. Now he would serve directly as it pleased the king to apply music therapy where necessary and also see the inner workings of the throne. Just in case that might come in handy for something further down the line …
All because here was a man God had identified and anointed. Here was man of the Spirit, a man accepted by God strategically put in place to learn directly from the man clearly rejected by God.
Oh to be a person of the Spirit of God – accepted by Him, inspired by Him, led by Him, equipped by Him to serve others for Him. This is a privilege that, just like with this young man, is not reserved for just those in royalty. In this day and age, God delights in letting all who seek Him experience this privilege – whatever the background. As we respond to this invitation to experience the privilege so we can be of service and therapy to others only in as much as we live in the light of the privilege.
The privilege of being people of the Spirit of God.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden