Summary: Here's a sermon about God's choice of David to become the next king of Israel.

God Doesn't Choose Like We Do

1 Samuel 16:1-13

1 Now the LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons."

2And Samuel said, "How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me." And the LORD said, "Take a heifer with you, and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.'

3Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you."

4So Samuel did what the LORD said, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, "Do you come peaceably?" 5And he said, "Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice." Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.

6So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, "Surely the LORD'S anointed is before Him."

7But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his 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."

8So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, "Neither has the LORD chosen this one."

9Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, "Neither has the LORD chosen this one."

10Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen these."

11And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all the young men here?" Then he said, "There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here."

12So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!" 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

Today, we are beginning a new sermon series on the life of David.

Our world desperately needs models worth following.

We need authentic heroes - people of integrity,

whose lives inspire us to do better, and to stand taller.

David's life is certainly one worth studying,

and one worth imitating.

David is the only one in all of Scripture

to be called "a man after God's own heart."

More has been written about David

than about any other biblical character? (Except Jesus, of course)

Abraham has some 14 chapters dedicated to his life,

and so does Joseph.

Elijah has 10 chapters.

But David's life covers 66 chapters.

That doesn't include 59 references to him in the New Testament.

David is mentioned more than any other Old Testament character

in the pages of the New Testament.

David was a poet, a musician, a courageous warrior,

and national statesman.

1. In battle, he acted with unshakable confidence.

2. In decisions, he judged with wisdom and fairness.

3. In writing, he wrote with vulnerability

and with trust in God.

4. In friendship, he was loyal to the end.

5. Even in his promotion to the highest position in the land,

David modeled integrity and humility.

But having said all that,

I don't want you to get the wrong idea

about why God chose David...

or why God chooses anyone, for that matter.

As we will see, David, like us, was anything but perfect.

Having earned the public's trust and respect,

he forfeited it all in a brief moment of pleasure.

Then, as the consequences kick in,

we discover another side of the man's make-up.

We see his lustfulness as a husband,

weakness as a father,

and deceitfulness and ruthlessness as a leader.

It's all there in the Bible,

written for all to learn.

The Bible never flatters its heroes.

The Bible tells us the truth about each biblical character...

so that against the background of human breakdown and failure

we may appreciate the grace of God

and recognize that God works through human weaknesses.

And so David, and all the great men and women of Scripture,

though far from perfect,

leave us with a lives lived with strengths worth imitating,

and failures to be avoided.

Before we delve into the life of David,

we need to go back about 40 years

and get a sense of what was happening in Israel,

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