1 Samuel 16:18
“Then one of the servants answered and said, ‘Look I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the LORD is with him.'”
David was truly an amazing man, but how did he come to be this way? Where did he learn such remarkable things? He is certainly admired by us for what he was able to accomplish and do, yet his interests and talents seem to contradict one another. He would’ve most likely driven the local analyst crazy. Can you imagine the dialogue between the two?
“David, what are your hobbies?”
“Well, I love to write songs and play them on my harp. I also love writing poetry about the Lord. When I’m not doing that, I love to go to war and fight in the most dangerous parts of the battle. As a young boy, I killed a bear and a lion while defending my sheep. Once, I even killed a giant who was defying the Lord God Almighty, which made for a pretty awesome day as God gave me the ability to do so!
What an amazing boy he was and what a great man he became! However, we must not forget that before he ever became the King of Israel, he was first a lowly sheep tender. What David did and learned during that time shaped him into a real man, long before he would don the armor of a grown-up warrior or wear the crest of a king. Time with God was his tutor.
Perhaps how we choose to spend our time needs to be reevaluated. Maybe our valor is waning and we haven’t fought well in any of our own battles. The fix is to spend time with the Lord as David did. It just might make you a song-writing, worship-singing, giant-killing lover of God too!
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