1 Samuel 16:17-18 So Saul said to his servants, “Find me a man who can play well, and bring him to me.” One of the young men said, “I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who plays music well. He is a man with strength of heart, a man of war, wise in his speaking, and good-looking. And the Lord is with him.”
Every coach, every leader is always looking for someone who can play well. They are looking for someone who can bring out the best in others and soothe the spirit of the leader. In order to enhance an organization you must posses gifts that help your leader feel better and your team do better. No, you are not responsible for the emotional well being of your leader; but neither are you to add to his or her stress level. If you have gifts they alleviate stress not add stress. You bring solutions not problems.
Saul had enough problems as the rejected ruler of Israel. He had been disobedient to God and as a result he had a tormenting spirit. Music was the only thing that soothed his soul. He told his people to find someone who played well. Each of us have a gift that has the potential to soothe the savage beast. When we are operating in our sweet spot, we bring relief to troubled leaders and organizations. There are certain qualities you need to play well.
1. You heart has to be right. David was anointed by God to be the next King of Israel because his heart was right. You can’t soothe anybody that’s troubled if your heart ain’t right.
2. He played music well. You have to have a specific skill set that you have mastered. There’s a reason why you’ve been invited to the table. Continue to master your skill. It takes 10,000 hours of practice to master your skill.
3. Strength of heart. David was courageous. He took on Goliath when everybody else was scared. You have to have strength of heart to be a blessing to your leader. You have to be able to say, “we can” when everybody else is saying “we can’t.”
4. A warrior. The ability to fight until the battle is over and the ability to discern what is a physical fight and a spiritual fight. The ability to fight for the leader and not against the leader. What’s amazing about David is that he never fought against Saul even when Saul was trying to kill him. He always honored his leader.
5. Wise in speaking. He knew when to speak up and when to shut up. Speaking well is not always about how you say it it’s what you say. Some of the wisest people I’ve met can’t conjugate verbs but they are wise with their words.
6. Good looking. In order to be a blessing to your leader you should carry yourself well. Your clothes should be clean and ironed. Your hair should be groomed. Your hygiene should be on point. You should have some swag. Dr. Gardner Taylor once had an associate minister working for him that was tying to grow a beard. He said to the young man, “is that something you are doing or something you forgot to do?”
7. The Lord was with him. I call this the favor factor. This is when you have the “it”factor. Everything you are involved with seems to work. Your leader trusts you because whatever he or she gives you God seems to bless it.
David was sent to a troubled leader to soothe his spirit. Eventually, David replaced Saul but not until God tested David to see if he could honor a troubled leader. David played well and because of that God promoted him.
If we can play well, one day Jesus will tell us, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You’ve been faithful over a few things. Now come on up and I’ll make you ruler over many.”
Give me the ability to play well and to serve well. I know that you will send me to difficult people and difficult situations before you promote me. Search my heart and make sure that my motives are right so that I can play well. Send me players on my team that have the ability to play well and give me the humility to love them and not be jealous of their gift that you gave them to bless me. Help me to play well as a player for you and a boss to them.
In Jesus Name,