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In 1 Samuel Chapter 10 Saul is anointed king of Israel by Samuel in a private ceremony before he was sent home from his donkey search, which was really God’s way of arranging events for His glory. The donkeys were found by Saul’s father, so Samuel sent Saul home and on the way Saul came upon a group of prophets. What is said then is very important,

So it was, when he turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day. When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets met him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them. (1 Samuel 10:9-10, NKJV, emphasis added)

Because Saul was empty of self he could be filled by God. The first thing God did with the usable Saul was to give him a new heart. We all need a heart transplant in order to serve the Lord (Job 7:17; 34:14; Psalm 4:7; 19:14; 26:2; Ezekiel 11:19; 18:31 and 36:26). After God changed Saul’s heart the Spirit of God came upon him. That should be our desire. To have the Holy Spirit to come upon us is what we want to happen in our life. In order for this to happen we start with emptying ourselves like Saul, and then the new heart will come, and only then can the Spirit be mightily upon us as it was upon Saul.

When Saul returns home he only mentions that he ran into the man of God (Samuel) who prophesied that the donkeys were found. Take note: Saul does not bring attention to himself. There is no self-promotion. There is no testifying. There is no claiming the Word of God in his life. He simply let God carry out what He proclaimed to be His will. Saul was perfectly able to be still and sit tight while God orchestrates His plan (Psalm 46:10). Remember Saul is not full of self. Saul is poor in spirit so the story told to his relatives is not about him as we see in this passage,

Saul told him (his uncle), “He assured us the donkeys had been found.” However, Saul did not tell him what Samuel had said about the matter of kingship. (1 Samuel 10:16, HCSB)

Samuel then calls the people of Israel together and is set to make Saul their king. There is one little problem – Saul is hiding,

Thus Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot. Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its families, the Matrite family was taken. And Saul the son of Kish was taken; but when they looked for him, he could not be found. Therefore they inquired further of the LORD, “Has the man come here yet?” So the LORD said, “Behold, he is hiding himself by the baggage.” So they ran and took him from there, and when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen? Surely there is no one like him among all the people.” So all the people shouted and said, “Long live the king!” (1 Samuel 10:20-24, NASB, emphasis added)

Why did Saul hide himself? He was poor in sprit. Saul, at this point of his life, had nothing to be prideful about; he had nothing to present to the people of any credentials for being their king. Saul, in his humility, did not seek the affections of the people. Being poor in spirit is recognizing your utter helplessness in yourself. Let us see ourselves as we truly are and submit to the will of God.

We all need a heart transplant in order to serve the Lord. Read and meditate upon these passages of Scripture and pray about how to apply them to your life: Job 7:17; 34:14; Psalm 4:7; 19:14; 26:2; Ezekiel 11:19; 18:31 and 36:26.

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