Saturday, February 11, 2012

I Get to Serve in King Saul's Court

By Mary Vee
I Samuel 16 and Psalm 23

From David's Journal

Each morning when I wake in the fields with my sheep all around, I feel like singing.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a guy who sits around singing love songs. Not!

The other day a bear came near my sheep. Without thinking for even a second, I armed my sling and attacked the roaring animal. That's my job. Taking care of my sheep. That night, I ate fresh cooked bear meat. It was mighty tasty.

My muscles get a work out everyday. The sheep wander away, fall into holes and get hurt, they even have to be led to watering holes. I tell you, it's a lot of work. But, I wouldn't give it up for anything. 

I live outside with my sheep, no tent living for me. Nope. I get to smell the fresh air, look at the crystal stars at night, lay in the fresh grass. Who could want more? 

At night, I play a harp. It soothes the sheep and helps them sleep. As I sing, words come to my mind that comfort my own heart. God has blessed me with the tunes and words simply by living in His creation. This is a good life.

One day, a couple of servants from Saul's court came to visit me. They sat on a rock and listened to my music. I think it eased their spirits as well because they smiled and waited for me to finish all the songs I knew. 

When I stopped singing, one said, "King Saul has need of you."

In truth I didn't want to leave the sheep, but when the king called someone to serve him, no questions were allowed. The person needed to do what he said. My father sent gifts like cheese, honey, and bread for me to take to the king the day then I left. 

The servants took me to the court. King Saul didn't seem happy at all, in fact, he looked angry.  He glanced my way and nodded for me to play. 

Hmmmm, which would be the best song to play? I thought of my sheep and how confused and upset they could be, just like king Saul looked right then. I decided to play several. One of the songs was:

 A Psalm of David

 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
 He makes me lie down in green pastures. 
He leads me beside still waters.
 He restores my soul. 
He leads me in paths of righteousness 
   for his name's sake.

 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 
   I will fear no evil, 
for you are with me; 
   your rod and your staff, 
   they comfort me.

 You prepare a table before me 
   in the presence of my enemies; 
you anoint my head with oil; 
   my cup overflows. 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me 
all the days of my life, 
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD 

When I finished singing, I set my harp on my lap and looked at his face. 

I saw peace.

1.  Where did David live.
2.  What was his job? (Explain)
3.  What did he like about his job and where he lived?
4.  Who visited David? What did they do at the visit?
5.  What did the visitors ask David to do?
6.  Why did David go with them?
7.  What did David do for Saul? (explain)

Scripture from:
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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