After the king gave them the order to look for a man that can play well, they knew that they were going for skill.
They were going for expertise.
The musician or player should not only have the energy to do it, but he should also have the strategy.
He should have the strategy and know all the intricacies involved in the work.
He should not be a novice.
There is no serious office for a novice.
You can’t expect elevation while you remain as a novice; otherwise, it will become an abuse of office.
You should develop yourself in the work and in the presence of God, until you become skilful and specialized in the work.
The more your skill the higher your elevation will become.
You either become skilled in your place of calling or you reduce and kill your calling.
If you are dormant you will not dominate.
What are you doing about your calling?
This skilfulness is actually a show of mastery in any field of human endeavour.
In the school of divine exaltation, mastery is very important and this is what David was observed to display before that day.
In every area of calling, mastery is the tool for choice unto placement.
He became the chief of the Levites who became an instructor in songs, because he was skilful in it.
He did not attain that position of an instructor anyhow, but through his skilfulness.
He became the one that others would depend on in terms of leadership and direction in that aspect of ministry in the land not just because he was anointed or appointed for it, but because he was skilful.
His skilfulness set him above others to the point that they had to depend and wait upon him for instruction.
He developed mastery in that field and so he became a chief among the people and an instructor.
He did not become the instructor of other singers as a result of his age and experience, but he did so through his skilfulness, he pursued skill and was promoted in the school of divine exaltation.
You cannot be skilled in your area of calling or specialization and become frustrated.
In fact, you cannot be dumped in the dungeon of neglect when you are skilled in your talent or gift.
Skilfulness is a ladder and a lifter of a gifted man.
Let us consider something on the issue of mastery before we come back to conclude about David’s ushering into Saul’s palace.
This is very crucial.
Not until you identify your calling and stay in it, you can never develop skilfulness and mastery in that calling.
You can’t be in every area in life.
You are called to stay in that calling and develop mastery and specialization in it.
You are called to specialize.
You can’t do anything special without having an area of specialization.
Being special is inherent, but to specialize is nurtured and deliberately developed by staying where you are called to work.
Developers of potentials do so by deliberate actions over those potentials.
What becomes of the development of your potential depends on the attitude you develop over it.
You will become the product of the work you do upon your potential.
Stay where you are called and you will become a star.
You cannot be a star where you have not stayed.
Your stardom is in your staying.
There is nothing like overstaying.
The more you stay the more it pays.
There is nothing better for you elsewhere than where you belong.
Stay where you belong and you will get what you are longing for.
Stay in the calling in which you are called.
There are various callings in which several people are called into; but you are expected to stay in the one in which you are called, if you must receive increase and elevation.
You can enter into a calling, but the question is that; is it the one you are really called into?
There is no reward for you when you are in a calling wherein you are not called.
You can never gain mastery whatsoever, if you are not called into that work.
You can at best end up as a good worker, but never a master or professional in that calling.
Mastery is only accessible to a man who stays in his calling.
You are never a candidate of mastery until you learn how to stay in that calling with discipline and seriousness.
Your learning will generate your earning if you stay where you belong.
One of Saul’s servants identified David as one of the sons of Jesse.
His name was so inconsequential that the only way to identify him was through his father’s name.
He had no real identity as at then, but his skill was identified.
His skill was going to unveil his identity.
You can imagine Saul asking him of his name only after he got into his palace.
This was just going to be for him to be calling him as occasion may demand.
Although the servant was not initially interested in knowing his name, but his potential and talent was going to bring out the name before the king.
Don’t struggle for your name to be known; rather, do something that is worth knowing.
The only requirement that the king needed as at that moment to meet up with his need, by calming him down from the torment of the evil spirits was the first virtue-skilful play.
However, the servant of Saul identified other virtues and qualities in him.
He was a mighty man of valour who was a real warrior.
He was also prudent when dealing with matters.
Thus, he was a man of wisdom, who speaks in wisdom in the process of handling matters.
He was also having a comfortable and goodly quality that could attract other people towards him.
Most importantly, he was a carrier of the presence of God-the Lord was with him.
This is wonderful!
David was not a cheap commodity.
Rather, he built up himself in the secret place with these virtues, which the king could not ignore.
Why are we considering all these virtues in the first place?
If you give a close consideration to these qualities, you’ll discover that David really needed them, not only for his assignment in Saul’s palace, but also for his future elevation as the king of Israel.
He was going to engage so many nations in warfare.
He was going to engage in up to sixty six battles, without losing any.
He needed wisdom/prudence to rule the tribe of Judah and the entire nation of Israel.
He had to be accommodative as a great leader of an entire nation.
To cap it up, he needed the presence of God, so that his presence will convey God’s presence in the entire nation.
God had begun to grant him these qualities ahead of his ascension unto the throne of leadership in Israel.
Apart from the issue of skilfulness you need other qualities to enable you stand out in your calling.
These ones will cause the star of your skill to shine brightly.
Some of these qualities may be a bit of some administrative and intellectual skill, as the case may be.
Your interaction with people should be in order.
You should not be a disappointment to those that will come across your way.
You should be a man of good presence.
Although some people coming around you may not fill comfortable to be with you because of your standard of life, but the truth of the matter is that you should be of high moral standard.
However, as at that time, Saul employed him into the palace only as a player of musical instrument.
It was a time of little beginning for him, but God saw that it was his pathway to the throne.