Résumé: a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job.
I’ll be honest, it’s been a while since I’ve had to write up a resume. I remember writing up a fictitious one for a school project, and in the plethora of jobs I’ve worked in my lifetime, I have only had to write one up once. It’s a little tricky. You want to explain a lot of your accomplishments to show you’re qualified but not too much to sound prideful.
But what if someone else had to write your resume? Who would you pick to write it? What if I told you I was going to have a stranger write yours? Secretly, someone would watch you for a week, a month, a year; then based on what they saw, THEY would write your resume. How would you like that?
That’s exactly what happened here in our Scripture passage. Saul requested that someone come play the harp for him to help an evil spirit depart from him. In verse 18, we see the résumé of David, as given by a stranger, one of Saul’s servants.
- Skill of a King (“cunning in playing”)
Cunning means “showing inventiveness & skill.” David showed this by his playing of the harp, his use of the sling, sword, etc. What useful skill are you cunning at? Karaoke machines and gaming systems—let’s find something that we can be cunning at while being an asset to the society in which we live.
- Heart of a King (“mighty valiant”)
Valiant could be described as courage as shown by his encountering with and slaying the lion and the bear. Here, David is described not just as valiant, but MIGHTY valiant. He had a courageous heart.
The heart is the part of our being where we desire, deliberate, and decide. It has been described as “the place of conscious and decisive spiritual activity.”
Proverbs 23:7—”For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:…”
Luke 6:45—”A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
May we have the courage to stand up and become the Christians God wants us to be.
- Purpose of a King (“man of war”).
His purpose was to fight for what was right, and he was able to do that because he had a courageous heart.
Billy Sunday once said,
“More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.”
Young people today, more than ever, need to have a purpose. With a courageous heart, may we all purpose to know God (Philippians 3:10) and to be conformed (Romans 8:29) into the image of His Son.
- Wisdom of a King (“prudent in matters”)
By definition, prudent means “acting with or showing care and thought for the future.”
It has been said that a wise man learns by the experience of others. An ordinary man learns by his own experience. A fool learns of nobody’s experience.
May we be prudent in our conversation, our conduct, our currency, our curriculum and in our Christianity.
- Appearance of a King (“comely person”)
Comely means “according with custom or propriety, appropriate.”
Much like Daniel, David showed the customary respect and honor to his earthly authorities so long as they didn’t contradict his spiritual authorities. Daniel was able to stand in the king’s palace because of this.
Daniel 1:4—“Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace,…”
David was able to become the King because of this. Don’t act or dress for the job you have, act and dress for the job you want.
Dress appropriately, talk appropriately, live appropriately.
- Presence of a King (“the Lord was with him”)
Just as the Lord was with these men: Joseph (Genesis 39:2,3,21,23), Joshua (Joshua 6:27), Judah (Judges 1:19), Samuel (1 Samuel 3:19), and Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 17:3); the Lord was with David.
What a testimony to not just have the Lord be with you, but to have HIS PRESENCE on your life so much that it is seen through the eyes of those watching you.
David’s resume is pretty impressive…and not bad for a TEENAGER. We guess that he was around 16 years of age. We know that he was a youth (1 Samuel 17:33). May we live our lives now, planning a wonderful resume, but having a estimony that could be used for our good and God’s glory.
Bro. Clint Fredericks serves as the Youth Pastor at Freedom Baptist Church in Rural Hall, NC. He and his wife Debbie have 3 college age children.