1 Samuel 16:13, “So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.”

1 Samuel 16 not only shows the process of how David was selected to become the next king of Israel, it also shows how, when the Spirit of the Lord is with you, one gains favor in the sight of men by serving well.

David plays the harp for King Saul by Rembrandt

Serving is a gift from the Lord, Romans 12:7 says, “If your gift is serving others, serve them well.” and as we can see in v. 13, the Spirit of the Lord came upon David powerfully. Then in vv. 21-22, David was drafted into King Saul’s service. Here you will find that David served the king well, enough to be mentioned that the king loved David. David was even given the privilege to carry King Saul’s armor.

My friends, having God’s Spirit poured upon you not just give you spiritual gifts but also tangible gifts. We may surmise that David served well because he was the youngest and the one who gets to be pushed by his older brothers. He’s experienced, one may say. That can be true but I think one cannot serve well and feel loved under those circumstances. No, David served well because the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him and bestowed upon him gifts, skills and talents that gains the favor and love men.

When you have the Spirit of God, there is excellence of work. If serving is done in the flesh, there will be disappointments and frustration. You will not be content. You will be envious of others. Those are not Spirit enabled traits.

Ask God that He may pour out His Spirit on you powerfully like what David experienced. Allow Him to be you Lord and Savior and God will surely pour His Spirit. If you feel frustrated in what you are doing today in your place of work, God can remedy that. Ask for His Spirit.