Swimming Upstream: “New Davids Replacing Old Sauls”

Did you know David was King Saul’s armorbearer before David fought Goliath?

So David came to Saul and stood before him. And he loved him greatly, and he became his armorbearer. (1 Samuel 16:21)

Not only did David strum his harp for Saul when the king was distressed, but David was also Saul’s personal servant or amorbearer. Now, this brings up an interesting question?

How come King Saul loved David when the lad was a peon, but hated David when he became a national hero?

In 1 Samuel 9:2, it states that Saul was the most handsome and tallest man in all of Israel. He looked good! He looked like a warrior! He probably even had a deep, booming voice!

And yet, when it was Saul’s duty to fight Goliath on the battlefield, he cowered and stayed away, and allowed a fifteen-year old youth to be his combat substitute.

Then afterward, how did  Saul treat the victorious hero?

So Saul eyed David from that day forward. And it happened on the next day that the distressing spirit came upon Saul…So David played music with his hand, as at other times, but there was a spear in Saul’s hand. And Saul cast the spear, for he said, “I will pin David to the wall with it”…(1 Samuel 18:9-11)

So, how is this relevant for us today?

Every David that the Lord is raising up to fight the Goliaths who are ruling over cities, inner cities and  regions in America needs to remember spiritual truths do not change.They remain the same down through history.

So, these Davids (spiritual warriors) should expect to  fight  principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual hosts (Eph. 6:12), as well as taking on the Sauls of our generation at the same time. Many of these Sauls will be respected church leaders.

Sounds exciting, right?

Swimming Upstream appears at this blog site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s  a little of this and a little of that, all written  to encourage and exhort believers in their Christian journeys.

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7 responses to “Swimming Upstream: “New Davids Replacing Old Sauls”

  1. Did you notice in this story that even though David was in Saul’s service as his armour bearer and harp player, after David defeated Goliath, Saul has to ask whose son was David? He had forgotten or maybe he hadn’t cared enough to remember that he was the one who earlier had asked David’s father to allow his son to remain in his service .

    Many church leaders don’t take note of some godly
    members of their church until someone else does.

  2. Marrianne,

    What important points! Thanks.

  3. really insightful post Larry.

  4. fireball3316,

    Thanks. It sort of goes along with your post.

  5. Marianne Lordi has some great insight on this, doesn’t she? Wow. So accurate.

    I talk about this story in a chapter of my book, “Secrets About Guys (that shouldn’t be secret).” Seems like the main thing that got Saul so bent out of shape is when the GIRLS raved about David killing his ten thousands (while Saul only killed thousands)! Take a look at I Sam. 18:7-8. It was from that point that Saul eyed David…

  6. Note: What I just mentioned is not meant to counter or diminish your points, Larry. You are right on concerning where the attacks come from. Right on. The very ones who should be our support group… What a sad thing, but true.

  7. Grace,

    I checked out your book at Amazon.com…it’s fabulous.

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