Saturday, February 9, 2013

Teens in the Bible - David, part 1

Chapter 5 King David as a teen, part 1

We have a wonderful description of King David as a teen in the book of 1st Samuel. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. The phrase “fine appearance” is just one translation of the Hebrew words “yapheh ayin”. It is literally “beautiful eyes”.

This handsome teen was anointed by Samuel to be King and at that time the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power. Picture that – a hardworking shepherd boy, good-looking, and now filled with power … but still a teenager. Back to the fields and meadows he went until King Saul needed someone to play the harp and make him feel better.

Guess which instrument David played. Saul liked David and his music and made him an armor-bearer. It must have been with increasing confidence and patience that David continued in the King’s service, knowing that he himself had already been anointed to take Saul’s place. He also continued to watch the sheep flocks and a bit of family rivalry came to light.

I’ll explain that rivalry next Saturday in part 2