1 SAMUEL 16
Verse of the Week
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” [1 Samuel 16:7]
The Main Idea
In this passage we see God choose and anoint the next King of Israel, David. We see a sovereign God select David to be His king of Israel. God looked over the other more esteemed sons of Jesse and chose David who was out shepherding the sheep. He looked past the worldly lens and saw David’s heart for Him. God didn’t anoint a king based on their personal strength or worthiness but rather on his heart posture toward Himself. We see that we don’t have to have some special ability or stature for God to use us, you see God does not need our ability, only our availability to seek Him and walk in His will.
Point 1 - God's Sovereignty
Through this story we can see God’s sovereignty over these people and ultimately all things. We see God take a family and choose the least likely person to be king. We see God make a decision that by the world’s standards would seem foolish. We see a God who had a plan for the people of Israel, and a man who had nothing but complete faith in His plan. We must understand that God is sovereign. Understanding this point is crucial in the life of a Christian. Understanding that God is holy, righteous, and sovereign allows us to truly rest in Him and His promises. This will allow us to finally lay our worries and burdens down and walk boldly in faith. We can KNOW that no matter the circumstances we face our God is working all things out for the good of those who are called according to His purposes. We can be a people who not only revere God, but also see God as our heavenly father. We can see that our God had a plan of redemption for His people. That in spite of who we are, He sent Jesus to die on the cross and pay the penalty for our sins. To be raised on the third day and to ascend to the right hand of the Father and continue to make intercession on our behalf. Understanding this we can come to the father no matter our circumstance. Whether good or bad, triumph or trial. Through Jesus we will be able to see His glory instead of our shame, His righteousness instead of our wickedness, His strength instead of our weakness, and His calling instead of our plans.
Point 2 - It's All About Jesus
Acts 13:22 says that God testified concerning David saying that he is a man after His own heart, that David would do everything He wants him to do. We don’t look at this story of David or others like the story of David and Goliath and see David as a man that we aspire to be. We look at the stories of David and see David as only a piece of God’s redemptive plan. We see that God’s ultimate plan through the line of David was to send a better David, and that better David’s name is Jesus. Jesus would defeat the giant problem that we could never defeat or overcome on our own which is sin. He sent us a savior, so that even though we will face trouble in this world, if we would just have faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and savior we will have ultimate and eternal victory.
Why did God select David to be king after Saul? What characteristics did David possess?
What does it look like to be “a man/woman after God’s own heart”?
If someone was writing a story about you, what are some of the characteristics they might use to tell your story? How does that thought convict/encourage/challenge you?
How can we use this story to shape our view of Christ and shape us more into His image?
How has your week been spiritually? / What is God teaching you?