In the annals of Jerusalem’s history, the name David shines brightly as the harbinger of a golden era. Dr. R.W.L. Moberly notes David’s multifaceted nature—a skilled warrior and a gifted musician, whose compositions grace the book of Psalms. Yet, before attaining such greatness, David’s humble beginnings as a shepherd and servant shaped his character. This article explores the early stages of David’s journey, marked by his anointing and service to King Saul.

Destined for Greatness

Though David’s initial description seems unremarkable, destiny had extraordinary plans for him. After Saul’s disobedience led to his rejection by God, the prophet Samuel embarked on a mission to anoint a new king. Arriving in Bethlehem, Samuel encountered the town elders and requested their consecration for a sacrifice, including Jesse’s sons. The first candidate, Eliab, was not chosen, as God reminded Samuel to look beyond physical appearance and discern the person’s heart. David, the youngest and still tending to his sheep, was called forth, and the Lord declared him to be the anointed one.

In the Service of Saul

Following his anointing, David was summoned to serve King Saul. As the spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, he fell victim to torment by evil spirits. Seeking relief, one of his attendants proposed finding a skilled lyre player, known to ward off the dark forces. David, known for his musicianship and shepherd duties, captivated Saul’s heart. Thus, he was appointed as one of Saul’s armor-bearers, entrusted with a position of honor and responsibility.

The Betrayal Begins

Despite David’s loyalty and service, his relationship with Saul would soon take a turn. As David’s popularity grew due to his military successes, jealousy consumed Saul’s heart. The once-favored armor-bearer now became the target of Saul’s suspicious gaze. Once soothing to Saul’s soul, David’s melodic tunes now struck discord within the king’s troubled mind. The betrayal of David was set in motion, fueled by envy and insecurity.


Humble beginnings and faithful service marked David’s early years. Anointed as the chosen one, he embraced his role with integrity and dedication. However, the path to greatness was not without its challenges. The betrayal of David by Saul stands as a testament to the fragility of human relationships, poisoned by jealousy and insecurity. David’s journey serves as a reminder of the complexities of leadership, the importance of remaining humble, and the need for resilience in the face of adversity.

Let us draw inspiration from David’s humility and commitment to service in our lives. May we strive to walk in integrity, regardless of our circumstances, knowing that greatness can arise from the most unexpected places. And when faced with betrayal or adversity, may we have the strength to persevere, always trusting in a higher purpose and the abundance that awaits us on the other side of the storm.

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