1 Samuel 16:21-23 (NLT)
21 So David went to Saul and began serving him. Saul loved David very much, and David became his armor bearer.
22 Then Saul sent word to Jesse asking, “Please let David remain in my service, for I am very pleased with him.”
23 And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting spirit would go away.
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This scene is inside Saul’s throne room (I’m assuming he had one!) in the capital of Israel. I have deliberately show Saul in dim lighting, as a representation of his failing mental health and subjection to an evil spirit that plagues him. We know from the Bible narrative that David supplants Saul as king of Israel in later chapters. In contrast to Saul’s diminishing favour with God, I have shown David (playing the harp in the foreground) in brighter light (coming from the left) which represents his rise in popularity and power to come.
Saul (pulling his hair as he is being tormented by an evil spirit), a servant offering him fruit in a bowl, a youthful David, playing the harp.
This is a fairly simple design, but the lighting notes I mentioned above transform it into a much more interesting picture.