“So David went to Saul and began serving him…and David became his armor bearer…
And David faithfully led his troops into battle.”
“Some of my men told me to kill you, but I spared you. For I said, ‘I will never harm the king—he is the Lord’s anointed one.”
1 Samuel 16:21; 18:13; 24:10
In pursuit of greatness, many people shove their way to the top, not caring who they hurt in the process. However, Jesus not only said, “Those who exalt themselves will be humbled…” but He equated greatness with a specific role: “The greatest among you must be a servant.” (Mt. 23:11-12)
David humbly served his father in the sheep fields. He served Saul by playing the harp, carrying his armor, and faithfully leading his troops into battle. But that faithful serving was not always easy. David continued to play the harp, even though Saul hurled spears at him. David continued to protect his king, even though that king was determined to kill him. David continued to serve, even though it meant years of hiding in a wilderness.
Serving can seem like an upside-down kingdom--David served Saul even though David had already been anointed king. David served in a wilderness of emptiness when others could have been serving HIM in a palace of plenty. David faithfully showed kindness but was rewarded with hatred.
David was a man after GOD’s heart; that's why he could faithfully serve no matter what. Out of hate Saul pursued David, but out of love David pursued GOD. Serving was a natural flow from GOD’s heart--through David’s heart!
To be a faithful servant, I too will pursue God's heart!