David rose fast. He went from 8th son that everyone forgot about it and stuck in the fields tending smelly sheep to being a part of King Saul’s court. He was the guy who could drive away the evil spirit, was an armor bearer for the king, yet he still had the humility and sense of duty to tend to those sheep. God was changing him because David was yielded to the Holy Spirit. Then came Goliath and then fell Goliath. Why? Because once again David trusted in God more than he trusted in any man. He knew that Goliath had put himself on the wrong side of the Almighty and God was ready to show those who doubted that He was the one and only God. David knew he was an instrument of God’s power and wrath. This fierce devotion to God changed David from someone easily forgotten to someone who inspired love and loyalty in those around him, at least those whose hearts were on God. For instance:
Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself. Saul took him that day and did not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, including his sword and his bow and his belt. – 1 Samuel 18:1-4, NASB
Dr. John MacArthur in one of his commentaries makes the point that when Jonathan handed over the robe and the sword and the rest of his gear, he wasn’t just outfitting one who did not have such things. He was also recognizing the next anointed king of Israel. I’m not sure if that’s reading into it or not, but what I do know is we cannot doubt the close bond that developed between Jonathan and David. They developed the friendship and kinship we as Christians are to have for one another. Quite simply, when Jonathan got to know David, got to know what David’s heart was about, that Jonathan became his closest friend. But it wasn’t just Jonathan.
Now Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved David. When they told Saul, the thing was agreeable to him. – 1 Samuel 18:20, NASB
When Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved him, then Saul was even more afraid of David. Thus Saul was David’s enemy continually. – 1 Samuel 18:28-29, NASB
It wasn’t just Jonathan, it was also Michal. Now, later in life David and Michal are going to get into a heated argument and that will effectively end their relationship, even though they are married. But at this point in time, Michal is drawn to David, probably for a lot of the same reasons as Jonathan was. David’s heart was for God. He had a passion for God unlike those around him. And it came through in his interactions with folks. As a result, those who were drawn to God were drawn to David, and he to them.
A lot of us talking about making a difference in the lives of others. We want to be an “agent of change.” But one of the things we’ve got to do first is let ourselves be changed. We’ve got to open up to God and let Him come in and change us. For David, the Holy Spirit came upon him in a mighty way. And it started to touch the people around him. Jonathan loved him. Michal loved him. David’s men loved him. The people of Israel loved him. About the only one who didn’t was Saul. But we’ll look at why that was tomorrow. Why did they love him so? They loved him because they saw in him the presence and power of the Lord God Almighty. David was all about God. And so, too, do we need to be. If we want to be an inspiration to those around us, we first have to yield ourselves to God and allow Him to be the primary and overwhelming inspiration and “agent of change” in our own lives. Then the Holy Spirit will be able to work and change us in a mighty way. And then we will draw others who have a deep passion for God to us and we will be drawn to them. That’s the intent of the Church, after all: to be united together in the one Hope and one Salvation that is found in our one and only Savior and God: Jesus Christ. We must allow Him full reign in our lives. When we do that, we will make a positive difference in the lives around us far more effectively than on our own efforts. We just need to yield…