Key Verse: “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
I’ve always found King David to be one of the most captivating people in the Bible. There is so much about him that we wouldn’t expect to find written about a king. There’s so much of his life that in most circumstances would be covered up or glossed over. But in the Bible, we get a remarkably transparent, blunt look at King David’s life. David life was real, and often like us he messed up.
David was a shepherd, hunter, warrior, general, king, poet, champion, outlaw, ladies man, musician, prophet, worship leader, adulterer, murderer, brother, husband, son, parent, leader, hero, builder, ancestor of Jesus Christ, and a man after God’s own heart! In fact, the Thompson Chain Reference Bible says, “No Bible character more fully illustrates the moral range of human nature.”
In 1 Samuel God directs Samuel to talk to Jesse, another member of Jesus’ family tree and David’s father. Samuel meets Jesse’s oldest son and is very impressed with the way he presents himself. But God says to Samuel: “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him.”
Jesse’s six other sons paraded before Samuel. But God says“I have not chosen any of these.” Then, almost forgotten, David, the youngest, the baby of the family, busy working in the field, taking care of the sheep and goats is brought in. Samuel sees David and the Lord says to Samuel: “This is the one; anoint him.”
Here is a great Lesson, God is not so concerned about what we are doing as how we are doing it. Remember the words of Colossians 3:17, “whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” and 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”