King Saul was the first ever King of Israel. He was, of course, appointed by the Lord, but after many decades of rule, he had lost the Lord’s favour. God thus decided to afflict him with an evil spirit, as you do; and further, tipped off the prophet Samuel to this. As you do.
Samuel went to Saul, and told him that the solution to his problem is to be found with the sons of Jesse. As it turns out, David, the youngest son of Jesse, is able to play the lyre – and his lyre-playing eases Saul’s affliction. Lacking any surviving sons, Saul appoints David his heir. As you do.
Hallelujah — Leonard Cohen