In 1 Samuel 18, we see two men who had been closely bonded begin to break apart. Saul has been David’s master, sending him out to battle. David’s soul was bonded to Saul’s son, Jonathan. This was a family in the making. But one little song changed everything. Let’s take a look at verses 6-9:
“As they were coming home, when David returned from striking down the Philistine, the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with songs of joy, and with musical instruments. And the women sang to one another as they celebrated,
“Saul has struck down his thousands,
and David his ten thousands.”
And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands, and what more can he have but the kingdom?” And Saul eyed David from that day on.”
This ultimately leads to Saul trying to take David’s life for a period of several years. Why? Because we see that it started in Saul’s heart before it was in his head. Keep in mind, all David ever did was obey Saul’s commands, and befriend his son. Everyone loved David. But one little song caused David to lose all the allegiance with Saul that he had enjoyed.
Before God takes you up, He tends to take you down. Often, before He builds us, He must break us. Before we’re ready for the throne, often, we’ve got to go through our personal combat zone before we get there. All roads to success, at some point, pass the intersection of Hard Times Boulevard. There will always be bumps, turns, shifts, on the way to where you’re going.
After David escaped Saul for several years, he went on to take Saul’s place as king over God’s people. God was preparing David throughout his trials, getting him ready for the purpose He had in store. He’ll do the same for you and I. Don’t be surprised by trials, challenges, and hardships; God is preparing you to serve Him and represent Him in what He has in store for you
Dr. Derek Grier