David was anointed to be king yet it would be at least 15 years before he was actually appointed into the role. In the meantime God granted him exposure to the palace. He was brought in to play his harp for a tormented King Saul. This turned out to be incredibly difficult as Saul turned his anger towards David. Yet, here in the palace he was able to see royalty up close and learn more about his calling. David learned in this time with so what is possible and God has anointed a person or situation. He learned to watch, wait and trust. Even more importantly, through watching Saul’s failures, David also learned what not to do as king. He saw what mistakes to avoid. He learned to value the anointing above everything else.
Exposure is important because it shows us that the impossible is possible. It gives us glimpses into our own future. It is like a preview of what is coming.
Often the situations that bring us the most advancement in life are not glamorous or appealing-they are complicated and unattractive. Yet the difficulty creates a need for your skills and gifts that would not exist had the situation been ideal or perfect.
Don’t miss the opportunities God sends you to be exposed to a preview of your own destiny because they seldom arrive wrapped in a beautiful package. In fact they often look so different and your expected position/prophetic word that they can easily be missed.
1 Samuel 16:13-23
“So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.
Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him. Saul's attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.” So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.” One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.” Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep. ” So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul. David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.” Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.”