| 21 May 2013 |



*David Serves in Saul’s Court*

*14 *Now the Spirit of the Lord had left Saul, and the Lord sent a
tormenting spirit*[**b*

*]* that filled him with depression and fear.

*15 *Some of Saul’s servants said to him, “A tormenting spirit
from God is troubling you. *16 *Let us find a good musician to play
the harp whenever the tormenting spirit troubles you. He will play
soothing music, and you will soon be well again.”

*17 *“All right,” Saul said. “Find me someone who plays well,
and bring him here.”

*18 *One of the servants said to Saul, “One of Jesse’s sons from
Bethlehem is a talented harp player. Not only that—he is a brave
warrior, a man of war, and has good judgment. He is also a
fine-looking young man, and the Lord is with him.”

*19 *So Saul sent messengers to Jesse to say, “Send me your son
David, the shepherd.”*20 *Jesse responded by sending David to Saul,
along with a young goat, a donkey loaded with bread, and a wineskin
full of wine.

*21 *So David went to Saul and began serving him. Saul loved David
very much, and David became his armor bearer.

*22 *Then Saul sent word to Jesse asking, “Please let David remain
in my service, for I am very pleased with him.”

*23 *And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David
would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting
spirit would go away.


One of the great things about the Bible is that we often know the rest
of the story. This passage is a prime example. We know that David has
been anointed to take over the kingship from Saul. And here, their
paths cross. Often people would call this a co-incidence. Rather, it
is a God-incidence. God aligning life and circumstances so that David
could land up in the right place and the right time.

So often, these things happen in our lives but because we aren’t
alert, we don’t realize the hand of God in our circumstances. A
delayed appointment means we meet someone we would have never
encountered otherwise; a family situation causing us to leave home
late means we manage to avoid a terrible accident on the highway; a
visit to a friend at their office results in a job offer from their
boss. Those are the kinds of scenarios (and many more) where God is
orchestrating life and circumstances to that we are able to walk
through the doors He has opened for us.


Today’s devotion is a call to awareness; to be asking God when
circumstances happen what that means in terms of doors and
opportunities being opened to us. So often we are so busy being
frustrated about a change to our schedule that we miss the
opportunities presented to us.


Lord please help me to be aware of the potential of you opening doors
for me or calling me to something new. Help me to hear your voice
clearly when you are calling me to do something else in my life. Amen.

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