David was anointed – as it were – secretly, but already we see glimpses of the man of God that he is to become. His identity is not yet marked by his leadership skills, but by his talents as a musician, and the fact that he is .. “a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence, and the LORD is with him” (1 Samuel 16:18 ESV). This is not the little kid we see in the cartoons who has nothing but courage. The elements that make him stand out are all there. Samuel’s choice was correct. As a servant (shepherd, musician, armor bearer) David is learning to be the leader he will become.
LORD, give us the wisdom to learn to lead by serving. May we be identified by the fact that you are with us, and may all our talents be put to your service.