Lessons from King David: Gift of Music

David has been anointed by the Lord {1 Samuel 16} and the Lord is with him. However, an evil spirit has come upon Saul.

David played the harp and cymbals

Saul’s men do not know what to do about Saul and this evil spirit.

One of them has heard of a son of Jesse and described him as “cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the Lord is with him.” {1 Samuel 16:18}

It does not seem that these men know that David has been anointed as the next king, but we do not know that for sure.

What we do know is that David has a good reputation.

He goes to Saul and we are told that David “loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.” {1 Samuel 16:21}

Instead of becoming jealous or envious of Saul, David loves him greatly. Instead of striving to over turn Saul and take his place as king, David becomes his armourbearer.

“Then David came to Saul, bringing with him a present for the king from Jesse. When Saul saw him, he loved him, as did everybody who saw the young David. And David played on the harp, and sang before Saul. And David’s music cheered Saul’s heart, and drove away his sad feelings.”

David was a shepherd boy. He would hone his musical skills and how to wield a sling shot while in the fields.

David is the first recorded music therapists in history and proves how much power music has.

“And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.” {1 Samuel 16:23}

David used music to soothe a trouble soul. Today, music can be used in a variety of ways to soothe a troubled soul. How to do you use music to calm you or minister to you when your heart is troubled?


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