Summary: When it comes to the principle of choices, men are always impressed by what they see, but not God. He looks at the heart. The people of Israel selected a king based on the externals - but God was looking at the heart when he selected David.

Series: David - A Man After God’s Own Heart (An Intro: Give Us A King – The People’s Choice V/S God’s Choice)

1. 1 Samuel 16:1-14 16 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” 2 But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.” The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.” 4 Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?” 5 Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” 9 Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” 12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” 13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah. 14 Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.

2. Psalm 78:70 He (God) also chose David His servant, and took him from the sheepfolds; 71 From following the ewes that had young He brought him, To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance. 72 So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

3. Acts 13:22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.'


Possible Topics: Give Us A King, The People’s Choice V/S The Almighty’s Choice, God Does Not See As Men See, A Nobody Nobody Noticed, Welcome To The Palace, Spiritual Music For Demonic Hearts, The Dangers Of Envy, Dancing Before The Lord, David And His Mighty Men, David And The Curses, A Wise Woman And A Foolish Man, David And Ziglag, Consequences Of A One Night Stand, Cloudy Days And Dark Nights, David And The Ark, My Son My Son, David’s Final Days, David And The Threshing Floor, Knowing Your Friends, Trouble In The Kingdom, The Heart To Build A House For God, The Value Of Friendship, Etc.


ILLUSTRATION: A young man and a woman fell deeply in love and we so enamored that they set a date for marriage immediately. Just before the wedding, the man who was in the reserved in the armed forces was quickly called to military service overseas. Every week they wrote each other for the next four years and planned to marry immediately whenever they met. He had managed to get the rings where he was stationed and would present it to her the first day they met. One day the war was over and the young man was scheduled to arrive on a train with all the other GI’s back home. His love, with much enthusiasm, was at the train station to meet him. After everyone had embarked from the train, a crippled, scarred and disfigured man walked out. The woman could hardly recognize the person. Where was her love? To her horror and amazement, the disfigured man introduced himself as her love. A grenade in the war had disfigured him. He was the same person within, but outwardly had changed. He stretched out to give the ring he had brought. She could not stand the sight and walked away from that young man never to return again.

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