“But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him” (1 Samuel 16:14).
The spirit of the Lord is a sweet one. He brings peace and joy. The Holy Spirit is the best of all the blessings given to mankind by God. When King Saul was so stubborn in not obeying God and not fulfilling what he had already promised, God himself removed His spirit from Saul in the end.
Further, a spirit was troubling him. God had allowed that spirit to catch hold of Saul. Initially, it made Saul scare and then an experience of inexplicable distress and a fear over the future came to him..
In the Old Testament, there is no instance of casting dirty or wicked spirits. Moses had done several miracles but we never read anywhere in the Scripture about Moses casting any spirit. May it be Elijah who rose and shined powerfully or Elisha, they never cast out a demon. Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel were great prophets but had not cast out a single spirit.
Jesus Christ was the first to cast out spirits. He cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and He gave sight to many blind (Luke7:21). Not only that. He gave his disciples, the power over unclean spirits, to cast them out and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of diseases (Matthew 10:1).
What did the counsellors of Saul say when he was stricken by the wicked spirit? “Let our master now command your servants, who are before you, to seek out a man who is a skilful player on the harp. And it shall be that he will play it with his hand when the distressing spirit from God is upon you, and you shall be well” (1 Samuel 16:16).
In the Old Testament, if a spirit had to be cast out, the presence of God had to descend there. If the presence of God had to descend, one who plays the harp will have to worship God by singing His praise and glorify Him. Then, there will be health.
Dear children of God, God has given you the power to cast out the evil spirits. Through this you can protect yourself, your family and the believers. What do we read about Paul the Apostle? “….so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them” (Acts 19:12). And these signs will follow those who believe: In my name, they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; (Mark 16:17)
To meditate: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).