Dr. Yemi Anjorin, this one is for you.
A loud noise of breaking crystal shattered the quietness of the night into fragments of confusion. The clamour was followed by expletives that could set the hardiest ear on fire. The palace was jolted into a frenetic madness akin to that of a colony of disturbed ants.
I need not be told that the King had gone mad again. Fueled by curiosity, I mustered courage, walked into the palace and saw Prince Jonathan trying to soothe his red-faced father into a more stable mood.
The whole room was a wreck. Splinters of glass, broken tables, torn curtains and jumbled paraphernalia littered the court. Groggy courtiers stayed far from the royal pair, safely out of harm’s way (The King is known for throwing things during his tantrums).
Ever since the battle of Amalek, an evil spirit had been tormenting the King with a hot pitchfork of insanity; however the frequency had significantly multiplied in recent times.
“Please may I proffer a solution Sir?”
It was Micah, the goody two shoes steward mate of mine. He tentatively raised his hand to ask a question.
“I know someone who can play and calm the King during his stormy moods.” he ventured.
There was a sudden hush in the room. The King fastened his baleful eyes on Micah and inquired, “who might that be?”
The steward courteously gave the credentials and C.V of the man.
The termites of interest ate me up. I really wanted to see who the man would turn out to be.
Wonder of wonders, it turned out that to be a local shepherd boy. I was stunned, jealous and gave him attitude. Palaces were not meant for shepherd boys. I would have thought Micah would have recommended Jeleel, the best singer in Israel.
One day while cleaning up the office of the King’s chief scribe, I happened upon the Curriculum Vitae of the shepherd boy. It commanded my attention. From that day onwards, I decided to study him in respect to the six listed attributes on the scroll and learnt a lot.
- HE WAS CUNNING IN PLAYING… A MAN NEEDS TO BE SKILLED IN AN AREA OF LIFE! Your skill distinguishes you. Your skill puts you way above the rest especially when it addresses issues other people with such skills cannot address. It puts you ahead of the pack. The kind of service you can offer with your skill brands you. David’s mastery of the harp was unequaled. There were many musicians in Israel, only one could create an atmosphere that evil spirits could not stand. David was extremely talented.
- HE WAS A MIGHTY VALIANT MAN… A MAN MUST HAVE COURAGE!!!The shepherd boy never ran away from a fight. He was full of faith and confidence. He could look every situation in the eye without flinching. There was no trace of cowardice in him whatsoever. David was a fighter. He would go ahead to fight lions and bears. Brother, to distinguish yourself…sometimes you need to bare your teeth and give life a good brawl.. David was courageous.
- HE WAS A MAN OF WAR… A MAN MUST HAVE STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS TO LIFE!!!This one got me thinking until I got some illumination about it. I wondered what the difference was between being a mighty valiant man and a man of war. Thing is you can be courageous and fall to the ground in defeat without plan, strategy or action. Most wars are won on the board of stratagem. It is the person with tactical advantage that holds the aces. As courageous as David was, he never rushed into battle without having a plan. War is mostly about brains and not brawn. DAVID WAS A MAN OF STRATEGY, PLAN AND ACTION.
- HE WAS PRUDENT IN MATTERS/ELOQUENT IN SPEECH … A MAN MUST BE ABLE TO TALK!!! Wisdom shows in speech. David displayed wisdom in his affairs and this also showed in his speech. The brother though a commoner could talk like a king. He could make a pitch. A couple of palace guards became the butt of everybody’s jokes because even though mighty, they became all red in the face when they faced damsels and hence were still single while others not as valiant were married with children. These attributes of David were one of the things that endeared him so much to Jonathan the Prince. So much so, the Prince willingly gave up his right to the throne to David. DAVID WAS A COMMONER WHO BEHAVED WISELY AMONGST PALACE FOLK AND HAD GRACIOUS SPEECH. ONE OF THE THINGS HE USED TO WIN GOD’S HEART WAS HIS GOLD LADEN TONGUE.
- HE WAS COMELY………. A MAN MUST BE FINE!!! David was a handsome man. I know we cannot all be tall, fair and drop dead gorgeous but the brother could package himself nicely. He learnt this the hard way when he learnt that a Prophet of God got so carried away by the looks of his brother, Eliab. Eliab nearly received David’s blessing because he looked so well packaged. A man should always try to look like it! Human beings look at the outward appearance. Looking good gives one an edge in life. It opens doors effortlessly sometimes and helps to put a foot in the door of opportunities. Packaging would always matter! Remember peanut butter on the shelves of a Super Mart and “epa” (groundnuts sold on the streets of Lagos). Same product but peanut butter commands a better price because of its refinement and packaging. Do not doubt it for a minute, looking good is good for business. DAVID WAS FIINNNEEE!!!
- THE LORD WAS WITH HIM………. A MAN MUST HAVE GOD!!! The deck of life was stacked against David. He had a disadvantageous background. People bred in palaces had a head start ahead of him, however he had God. In the ancient scrolls, it was recorded that God was with our patriach Joseph and he was a prosperous man. There is something about the divine presence of God that confers prosperity on a man. As a matter of fact, the above listed qualities became advertised in the shepherd boy’s life after he was anointed. The man himself knew this which was why after his adultery with Bathsheba, he pleaded that God should not take away His presence and His Holy Spirit from him. David knew without God he would be reduced once again to human rubble. Devoid of the glory of God, he did not have a prayer, he was utterly finished. Observing him, I noticed when he was not working, he was worshipping, singing, praying. Weighing the lives of the King and David in the scales of my mind, I realized something. It is wonderful to have the first five listed attributes but without the sixth, you are so sunk you would make a mill stone seem like a feather.
.……….not surprising, David went on to beat Goliath and ultimately when an opening showed up in the palace, he was very employable. He had the qualification for royalty. His C.V was good enough for the position of kings.
The story above is from 1 Samuel 16 vs14-18
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.
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