Pen, Ink & Graphite by C. Derksen
Now the first thing we have to clear up is that in my view any child like David born of infidelity is still a normal "God created" human being. It is not the child's fault as to the circumstances of it's birth. This child is innocent and needs a mom and a dad, love and acceptance and so on, for it to have a full meaningful life on this earth.
Now, let's just take a moment and think about the circumstanced of such a birth. One thing we know is that this would have created challenges in Jessie's marriage and family. Did he just arbitrarily chose to bring David into his household or did he include his loyal wife in the decision making process? Obviously David would be a constant reminder to her of her husband's betrayal! Now we know there would have been a lot fo family dynamics not mentioned in the Bible but some we know, like the half brothers hating David. And also the fact that it was public knowledge, so the couple and their own sons had to deal with their own family's tattered reputation. Unfortunately, so did the innocent David. It was in these challenging circumstances that David grew up.
So we would have to agree that the very experience of the prophet "demanding" he come in from the hills to be even "considered a candidate" for kingship alone would have been over the top amazing, not only for the family but especially for David himself. Then, following that, being declared "the one" he finds himself on his knee, being anointed with oil by the prophet, declaring him to be the next king of Israel! What a shock to his lonely situation. What a blow-out turn of events! David who thought is life was over, cemented in stone to be a shepherd for the rest of his life, experienced the most awe inspiring event you can imagine. He'd hit the jackpot! He'd won life's lottery ticket! Fame, riches, power, favor, honor would all now be his lot in life!
And, to top it all off, he had a huge spiritual experience, he found himself also anointed with the Holy Spirit!
So as David was spending a lot of lonely hours out in the hills of near Bethlehem he could have slipped into a mental cycling of anger, hatred and self pity for his sad situation. Bitter and angry about the the injustice of it all. But against all human odds that's not what happened. In fact exactly the opposite took place. Lets look at why he was able to go against the grain.
(1 Samuel 16:13. "So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David."
Now that is big! The Holy Spirit coming upon him was like placing a new, reconditioned engine in this young shepherds mind and body! He was "super-charged!" I have grandchildren and they watch kids shows like "Dino Trucks!" Well new they have come out with a new series where they can become "super charged." In that state they can go faster, become stronger and save the day!
Now there is no description about any visual signs of the holy Spirit coming upon him. Like, he didn't seem to have broken out in dancing or even speaking in tongues, (Sorry!) but, in time, it all became clear that it happened. You know that he had a habit of writing in his journal recording his thoughts as he experienced life with his God as he was out there in nature with his sheep. Here's one of his first entries after his anointing!
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
Wow, that's supercharged if you ask me! Now the first amazing thing here is that a 16 year old kid pens this poetry! Remember, he also had his harp with him, so he'd sing these lines plucking a tune he'd make up himself.
And we think the Holy Spirit doesn't make a difference! Or that he doesn't reveal himself? This alone is evidence Holy Spirit was really in him and affecting his young life already.
How was he dealing with his loneliness? He was seeing God while he was alone! He sees God above him, around him, below him, in nature! He continually writes about his emotions and God's emotions depicted in nature! And he expresses it in the art of poetry and music! It was his therapy! And the poem is beautiful, I'd love to sing this song, wouldn't you? Go to your piano, guitar or recorder you got from school years ago and is somewhere stuck in your home storage areas. Find some intstrumant and make a tune...singing it!! It will just lift you up!
If fact this song will take your minds off your troubles, it will help us rise above our loneliness. We are not really alone at all!
What's happening? What is David teaching us? It's that this loneliness has become a "tool" of the Lord's to bring us to a place where we are looking for God and having a relationship with him. We were made to be relational and so like David where he had no other relationship options, we must make sure that instead of going to false gods, we go to the true God and have a loving, life giving relationship with him. What a revelation! Wow! Thank you Holy Spirit!
It puts a special burn on sunsets
and makes night air smell better."