As the world welcomes with great interest the birth of a new little prince who one day could become King of England, I’d like to take you back to another great king…the Psalmist David, anointed and chosen by God to lead His people, the Israelites. Many people believe that the Throne of David is still very much alive today with his descendants sitting on the British throne (Jeremiah 33:17-26; II Samuel 7:11-16; Psalm 89:20-37). Whether you agree with the position that David’s lineage literally refers to the unbroken monarchy in Great Britain descending from the Israelites, or to Jesus, whom we all know came from the “house and lineage of David” (Luke 2:4), we agree David was one of the greatest kings, warriors, musicians and mighty men of God to ever live! In fact, God called him “a man after his own heart” (I Samuel 13:14), and we still read, sing and gain comfort from his words in the Book of Psalms today.
Let’s examine a few interesting facts concerning this man chosen of God to be king of Israel. In I Samuel we read that God spoke to the prophet Samuel and said, “Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.” (I Samuel 16:1, ESV) In verses 12 and 13, God tells Samuel (speaking of David), “Arise, anoint him; for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.” (KJV)
We see in this passage that God chose the one He wanted, anointed him, and from that day on put His Spirit upon David! If God’s spirit had not been on him, how would he have dared to come against the giant Goliath and speak boldly to him the Word of the Lord, killing him in front of everyone? If God’s spirit had not been upon him, how could he have played anointed music with his harp and lyre for King Saul when the evil spirits were vexing him? This happened several times; the first account is in I Samuel 16:14-23. If God’s spirit had not been upon him, how would he have been able not only to slay multiplied thousands at God’s command, but also to write some of the most beautiful psalms?
So, my friend, follower of Jesus, and fellow musician, if you know beyond a certainty that God has called you to your ministry, whatever it may be, and that God’s Spirit is upon you, does it really matter what anyone else thinks of you or says about you? Don’t you have the boldness of the Holy Spirit within you to make you victorious in any circumstance?
You will notice that after David was anointed to be king and God’s Spirit was upon him he became the object of severe jealousy directed at him by friends and family. Notice his brother’s angry reaction to his coming to challenge Goliath in I Samuel 17:28…not exactly a show of support from his family, was it? After the victory over the giant, while the people, particularly the women, were dancing and singing his praises, King Saul became insanely jealous of David. I Samuel 18:9 says, “And Saul eyed (or envied) David from that day and forward.” (ESV) Instead of being proud of him and grateful for his success over the enemy, he sought to kill him from that day on!
How often do we feel jealousy and envy directed at us, perhaps even from other musicians in the Church? Song of Solomon 8:6 says, “…jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.” (KJV) The Apostle Paul tells us in I Corinthians 4:7, “What is so special about you? What do you have that you were not given? And if it was given to you, how can you boast?” (CEVU) If all gifts are God-given, we should never be jealous of anyone else’s talents! Equally as sinful as having jealousy towards our brother or sister is boasting about our own gift. It’s clear there should be no jealousy, competition, arrogance or pride amongst any musical group or in any form of leadership in the Church. Even when David felt this jealousy directed at him and had to run for his very life, often hiding in caves, he knew Who had anointed him to be king; he knew that eventually God’s plan for him would be fulfilled! And, of course, it was. God used this interim time, however, to do a work in David, molding him and mellowing him, teaching him to trust and obey Him, forming him into the great leader He desired him to be!
My husband had a wonderful comment on the fact that when Saul tried to outfit David with his armor as he prepared to fight against Goliath (I Samuel 17:38 and 39), David declined, saying, ” ‘I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.’ So David put them off.” (ESV) As Christians we cannot simply “use” another person’s armor; we must test the “whole armor of God” for ourselves, putting on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and shoes of the gospel of peace; taking the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, “that we may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:11-17)
David stood strong in the midst of persecution, jealousy and battle because he knew God had called and anointed him for a specific time and role! He was willing to wait for this to come to pass in God’s perfect timing. If we know our calling, why do we let the devil and others destroy our peace of mind and confidence in God? Let’s take a lesson from King David…be strong in the Lord, for you are victorious today!