Sifting and shaking begins early when you have seven older brothers, but I think Father uses it altogether for His good. My earthly father was Jesse and he was a respected and God fearing sheep raiser and because I was the youngest, I was elected to mind the herds, but I really didn’t mind because my brothers were always bullying me and I had to fight or get beat up. So this scruffy boy went out into the fields where I learned to fight the lions and bears in order to protect the sheep. I was tough, but there was no one there to see it.
One day the prophet Samuel came to our house looking for someone to anoint as king. God had spoken to him that one of Jesse’s boys was to be king and after going through all my brothers, Jesse called me in from the fields. Samuel was delighted and God’s Word affirmed that I was to be the next king, after Saul, so he anointed me with oil. Great! I thought. I’m ready right now to go live in the palace! Let Abinadab watch the sheep.
Well, much to my disappointment, it would be fifteen years before I got to the palace and there was plenty of sifting took place in the time because I was destined to be King of Israel. The next amazing thing that happened is that a giant named Goliath showed up and was harassing our town, and all the men went to fight him only no one would fight him. I am a fighter, so I picked up my sling shot and five stones to hit that giant and his brothers, too! I shot him right between the eyes and he went down hard! The reward was money, a wife, Saul’s daughter, and my family would not pay taxes; what more could a teenager want?
The trials and sin in my life has proven only one thing – the Word of God is true now and forever and that He loves us. I was such a warrior that God wouldn’t let me build Him a temple. I collected all the materials from my victories and my son, Solomon, was destined to build the magnificent Temple in peace.
When I became king, I did not act like the example I should have been. My sins were some of the worst out of the ten and I suffered so emotionally and with the people. But, being the man of God that I was, I had to repent to God. (My servant had to point out my horrible mistakes) I actually went bi-polar for a few years there, but I journal led a lot and the Holy Spirit wrote the majority of the Psalms through my hand! I journeyed for quite a long time and my Psalms came from the depth and height of my soul. Thank God they didn’t have Valium in those days, or they might not have gotten written.
“Praise God in His Heavenly dwelling, Praise Him in His Mighty Heaven!” (Psalm 150) “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts.” (Psalm 139)