David took care of them with unselfish devotion and led them with skill. Psalms 78:72

Samuel did what the Lord told him to do and went to Bethlehem. There he anointed David, the youngest son of Jesse as king as the Lord told him to. This shepherd boy was actually called from the sheepfold, taking care of his father’s sheep to receive Samuel’s anointing as king to take Saul’s place. King Saul was rejected by God as king because of his disobedience.

David the shepherd boy was also a good musician who knew how to play the harp. After being rejected as king, the Lord’s spirit left Saul and an evil spirit sent by God tormented him. He needed a man who knew how to play the harp. David came to Saul and entered his service. Whenever the evil spirit came on Saul, David would get his harp and play before him and the evil spirit would leave, and Saul would be all right again. For many years after he was anointed king, David was at Saul’s service as his musician and was harassed by him because of jealousy. He was driven to live in caves and on the mountains. From the sheepfold, David learnt the lesson of a shepherd and he used to live in the wilderness with a shepherd heart.

The Philistines fought a battle against the Israelites on Mount Gilboa where king Saul and his sons were killed. David then became king of Israel and Judah.

His adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, Uriah the Hittite made David when confronted by prophet Nathan by the story of the ewe lamb, felt the guilt of sin at his shepherd heart. The pain of a shepherd who had lost his sheep.

With repentance he prayed: He chose his servant David; he took him from the pastures, where he looked after his flocks, and he made him king of Israel, the shepherd of the people of God. David took care of them with unselfish devotion and led them with skill. Psalms 78:70-72

When you put your cares in God’s hand, he puts his peace in your heart.