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Getting to Know . . . I Samuel! (16:14-23) MUSIC THERAPY!

God’s plans are not our plans. So Samuel is directed to anoint the youngest of Jesse’s sons to be Israel’s next king. And Samuel obeys.

But what has happened to Saul? We are told very sadly that “the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him” (v. 14). [One has to make a connection with what will later happen to another Saul — Paul — after he gets a vision of heaven! He will be given a “thorn in the flesh,” a messenger of Satan, “to torment him” – 2 Cor. 12!].

Was this a demon sent by God to further the process of Saul relinquishing the kingdom to David? Or was this a psychological disorder (manic/depression) which could be soothed by music?

Even Saul’s attendants recognized that “an evil spirit from God is tormenting you” (v. 15). They recommend music therapy [my daughter has a degree in music therapy] and they quickly find David who plays the lyre and “is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him” (v. 18).

David is summoned to King Saul and enters his service. Saul took a liking to him and Dave became one of his armor-bearers. Saul asks Jesse to allow David to remain in his service (v. 22).

We then read that “whenever the spirit from God [an evil spirit, v. 14] came on Saul, David would play his lyre and relief would come to Saul, and then the evil spirit would leave (v. 23).

Some takeaways for me:
1. God is sovereign and can take away His Spirit from a person and can send an evil spirit for His purposes.
2. Music therapy can be quite beneficial!
3. As a result of David’s musical gift, he is positioned in King Saul’s service. And serves him.
4. God is a God of process. I need to ask: Where am I in the process that God is taking me through? How am I to live in this present chapter of my life — in anticipation of the next chapter to come?

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Posted by on December 4, 2018 in I Samuel 16, music


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Getting to Know . . . I Samuel! (16:1-13) A TIME TO MOVE ON!

We’ve seen in I Samuel 15 that King Saul disobeyed a clear and direct command from God to annihilate the Amalekite people, including their animals! Saul is then rejected as king by the Lord. Samuel mourns this turn of events, and the Lord commands him to stop mourning (v. 1)! There is a time to mourn and there is a time to get on with the Lord’s business!

The Lord sends Samuel to Jesse of Bethlehem to anoint one of his sons as king. Samuel understandably fears a reprisal by Saul. The Lord gives Samuel a plan — a plan to have a worship service and to invite Jesse to the sacrifice (v. 3).

The Bethlehem elders tremble when they see Samuel, asking if he was coming in peace. Samuel consecrates Jesse and his sons at the service (v. 5).

Samuel then goes through (in his mind) the selection process, seeing Eliab and thinking, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed” (v. 6). The Lord says to Samuel, ““Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (v. 7). [Remember that Saul’s height was one of his impressive features when he was anointed king].

A second son, Abinadab, was presented to Samuel who then said, “The Lord hasn’t chosen this one either” (v. 8). Then Shammah passes by and is rejected. Seven of Jesse’s sons pass by Samuel and are rejected. “Are these all your sons?”, Samuel asks Jesse.

“There is still the youngest, tending the sheep,” Jesse said. Samuel asks that he be sent. When David arrives, the text says, “He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.”

The Lord commands Samuel to anoint David who promptly obeys. We read that, “from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David.” (v. 13).

Some takeaways for me:
1. There is a time to mourn. And some of us do precious little mourning. But there is also a time to move on and do the Lord’s work!
2. Like King Saul, we can trust our evaluative processes too much. Samuel’s sense of which son of Jesse should be anointed was not the Lord’s will. We should use the best powers of judgment the Lord gives us, but tentatively, realizing the Lord may have other plans.
3. I need to long that the Spirit of the Lord would come powerfully on me to do the work that He has set out for me. The same goes for you, my friend.

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Posted by on December 3, 2018 in I Samuel 16


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