Summary: A sermon about the way God sees us.
"God Calling: David"
How many of you know what it feels like to be excluded?
How many of you have experienced the agony of being picked last for a sports team?
You may have watched as one by one the taller, stronger, more athletic, more "popular" people are chosen as captains.
How many teenage girls know the pain of being the one who is not asked to a dance?
How many males know what it's like to be bullied by the bigger, older boys?
Most all of us can relate in one way or another, can we not?
As adults we may know the feeling of being passed over for a promotion as others move on up the ladder.
Perhaps a friend has had a party where he or she invited everyone except us.
Whatever the exact details, these kinds of situations have a way of making us feel small, unimportant, overlooked, not as good as...
Any of us who have been the victim of a social pecking order carry scars that run deep.
People can have a tendency to leave others out; to judge by outward appearances, to leave others behind.
Thankfully, this is not the way God does things!!!
This is not how the Kingdom of God works!!!
Up until 1 Samuel 8:1-5 God had ruled the Nation of Israel, raising up leaders as they were needed.
This is how things operated all the way from the time of Moses through the days of the Judges.
But we are told in 1 Samuel 8 that the people asked for a king to rule them, "such as other nations have..." they cried.
Why does the grass always look greener on the other side of the fence?
So, The Lord told Samuel: "they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods..."
God warned them that putting a person on the throne would bring political corruption and trouble.
And God was right.
Saul was the first King.
Saul was a giant of a man.
He was good looking and charismatic.
In today's world, we might say that "he looks really good on t-v."
But, he let power go to his head.
He turned away from following God; he became corrupt.
He conquered territory, made himself rich, was unjust toward the poor and corrupted the worship of God.
In the eyes of the world, Saul was successful.
God, though, had a different perspective.
So, "The Lord said to Samuel...I'm sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem because I have found a king among his sons."
So Samuel went, expecting to find another, big, strong charismatic leader--this time among Jesse's sons.
And Samuel thought he saw the right one in Eliab.
"That must be the Lord's anointed right in front," Samuel thought.
"But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Have no regard for his appearance or stature, because I haven't selected him.
God doesn't look at the things humans do.
Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, but the Lord sees into the heart.'"
Isn't that good news?
In her recent book: "American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers," Nancy Jo Sales talks about the "culture of social media."
"We're on it 24-7," she quotes a 13-year-old-girl in Montclair, New Jersey "and it's ruining our lives."