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December 9
Read: I Samuel 16:14-23
Symbol: Harp

The people of Israel were not satisfied that God would rule and speak to them through the prophets. They demanded to have a king as other nations had. So God sent Samuel to anoint Saul as king. Although Saul was a strong king, he rebelled against God and disobeyed Him. God rejected Saul and his family as kings and chose instead David, the son of Jesse. David was a shepherd who knew God was with him. When he was in his teens he slew Goliath, a giant of Gath, and saved Israel's army.
David, a musician who wrote psalms and played a harp, became a member of Saul's court. Saul became jealous of David because he knew God was with him. After Saul died David became a great king, conquering many enemies and expanding the nation of Israel. God made a promise to David that the Messiah would come from his family. Twenty-eight generations later, Jesus was born to Mary, who was of the family of David.

Prayer: Dear Father, thank You that You kept Your promise to send a son to David who would be Savior of the world. Thank You that we can trust You, always to keep Your promises.

Link to I Samuel

But the spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.
Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come
to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.
Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a
mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.
Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.
And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul.
And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.
And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was
refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.


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