Young David was a shepherd who was also a soldier. He was a harpist, whose music could tame the savage beast. He was a hero and a popular peasant who had overcome great adversity. People were singing his praises and comparing him to King Saul and Saul was not looking so good anymore.
Our scripture reading comes after a challenging time for Elijah, the prophet. You can read that part of the story in the preceding verses, but suffice it to say that it was a time of intense and productive activity, relational conflict, physical exhaustion, a major success, and a crushing disappointment.
Today is an in-between day—between the tragedy of the cross on Good Friday and the glory of resurrection on Easter Day. As I think about it, it occurs to me that we always live in an in-between time—no longer the past and not yet the future. We live between past and future.