Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 16
Key Verse: But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Today we begin to look at David. There is more written about David than any other O.T. character. Abraham has 14 chapters, Joseph 13, Jacob 11, Moses 40 and David 66 chapters and 57 N.T. references, but it wasn’t always this way. In 1 Samuel 16, David is a nobody, nobody noticed, except for God.
When God sent Samuel to choose a new king, nobody considered David. He was too young, had no combat experience and no education. David was only suited to look after the sheep. Even Jesse, David’s father didn’t acknowledge his youngest son’s leadership potential and forgot to even mention him. But God saw David’s heart.
If you feel like a nobody that nobody notices, pay attention; God notices you and knows your heart.
David possessed a heart of dependence and a heart of obedience to God. Two characters that flow from David possessing the heart of a servant. Psalm 89:20 we read where God says, “I have found my servant David. I have anointed him with my holy oil.” Do you know what David did after being anointed King? He went back out and tended sheep. Is that what you would have done? To be a servant is to care not about looking good, but that your master looks good. David had a heart like that and God honored him. Keep humble and serve God. Even if nobody else notices you, God notices you, loves you and has a great purpose for you.
Have you read this month’s mission focus yet? If not click here to learn about Project ‘Cristo Rei’ in Montes Claros, MG, Brazil. Don’t forget to pray for this work.