I Sam. 16:1-23; Ps. 23:1-6
Samuel was deeply distressed and mourned Saul’s departure from God. It was time to move on. God sent him to Jesse to anoint one of his sons to be the next king. After his seven brothers had been rejected by God, the boy, David was brought in from tending the sheep. He was selected to succeed Saul. David, the son of Jesse was a great great grandson of Rahab and a great grandson of Ruth.
Upon being anointed by Samuel, “The Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.” As the Spirit came upon David, a distressing spirit came upon Saul. He had left God and God had allowed an evil spirit (possibly depression?) to enter Saul.
Through a suggestion from one of Saul’s servants, David was selected to come and play the harp to help ease his depression. Since he did not know that he was his successor, David found favor with Saul and became his armorbearer as well as his musician.
During his lifetime, David was also a great writer. Many of the psalms are attributed to him. Since he had been a shepherd, he wrote about the relationship of the Lord and His sheep in one of the most quoted passages in the Scriptures. It is possible that this may have been written to provide comfort to Saul during his periods of depression.
Sheep are totally dependent upon their shepherd for their care and protection. God, the Good Shepherd provides everything necessary for our spiritual and material wellbeing. Even as this life nears its end, God has made preparation for us to, “Dwell in the house of the lord forever.”