Naturing your gifts

Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented and terrified him. Saul’s servants said to him, “Behold, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. “Let our lord now command your servants who are here before you to find a man who plays skillfully on the harp; and when the evil spirit from God is on you, he shall play the harp with his hand, and you will be well.” So Saul told his servants, “Find me a man who plays well and bring him to me.” One of the young men said, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is a skillful musician, a brave and competent man, a warrior, discerning (prudent, eloquent) in speech, and a handsome man; and the Lord is with him.”So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me David your son, who is with the flock.” Jesse took a donkey [loaded with] bread and a jug of wine and a young goat, and sent them to Saul with David his son. Then David came to Saul and attended him. Saul loved him greatly and [later] David became his armor bearer. Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Please let David be my attendant, for he has found favor in my sight.” So it came about that whenever the [evil] spirit from God was on Saul, David took a harp and played it with his hand; so Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would leave him. 1 Samuel 16:14:23 (AMP) 

This story opens up with a distressful King tormented and terrified, the Spirit of the Lord left Saul and an evil spirit replaced Him. Unlike Pharaoh when no one could interpret his dream and he was disturbed, Saul is surrounded by wise servants who diagnosed the source of his distress and offered a solution to it. A recurring theme in all these stories is the fact that the leaders of these nations are in desperate need for help, some of them are surrounded with foolish magicians and other surrounded by wise men in touch with resourceful people.

The servants of king Saul, told him what to do and he obeyed, out of desperation. “Find me a man who plays well and bring him to me.” King Saul commanded his servants, one of which happened to know David who was a skillful musician. This goes to show that David from a young age was diligent and a good steward. He perfected his gift in music until he was well know as a skilful musician. It also reveals that as you better the quality of your gift, you become synonymous at that particular genre with people.

Generally, people love to get the best quality in everything hence it is no wonder in terms of music, even people with high status in the society who were in close association with the King, also were familiar with David because of his music. This theme of association is a recurring factor, proving that David despite been a shepherd out in the field caring for flocks, he served people with his gift, this the only reason why he was known by the king’s servant. Just like Joseph, he operated in his priestly office, stewarding his gift and serving it. It was only a matter of time before his gift brought him before the king. The story goes on to reveal that David found favor in the sight of the King and the King made him his attendant and armor bearer.

Another important key that boldly emerges is the fact that opportunity will only favor those who are already prepared. Opportunity will never wait for someone to first discover their skill and then perfect it, it is only available to those who are already established in their gift and dominating it, regardless of their physical surroundings.
The story of David as a musician and a songwriter, does not just end here. David become a giant in the music industry, he continues to dominate this mountain of influence so much so that the Holy Spirit records his songs of worship in the bible, for all to be ministered to by. Long after his death, through his songs, he still comforts the distressed and broken hearted, sending away evil spirits and ushering the presence of Almighty God, into their atmosphere. The LORD inhabits the praises of His people. Up to date David is still serving generations through his selfless service of music.

Meditate on
• Kings should be surrounded be wise men that are in relationship with resourceful people..
• Who you associate with determines your worth and existence.
• You must be diligent in growing the quality of your gift and serving if in love.
• Opportunity only favor the ones who are established and dominating a portion of earth with their gift.
• A gift is for the benefit of others and generations to come. A tree never consumes his own fruits

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