Summary: God sees character not covers. David’s character was evident long before his family saw it.

The Annointing of David Sermon

Looking at the Outside:

Joke: A woman became very concerned about her husband, and went with him when he went to the doctor for a physical. The physician took the wife aside and whispered to her: "I don’t like the way your husband looks." "I don’t either," she replied, "but he’s always been a good father to the children."

Many times we look at the way a person looks and make our conclusions about them. It is said that the founders of Stanford University in California made a personal visit to Harvard to have a building built in memory of their deceased son who had attended there for a year. They were dressed in common clothes and were quickly dismissed by the President of the University because they seemed to be a bother. They were multimillionaires and used that rebuff to found an entire university.

You have heard the old sayings…”You can’t judge a book by its cover” and “Beauty is only skin deep.”

Someone did a study of 90 famous people who were photographed by Yousoff Karsh and included in his book, The Faces of Greatness. Of the 90 faces, 70 were judged to be unattractive because of moles, warts, freckles, acne, and visible scars. Yet these were the people who were deemed as "great" by our reflection of history.

On the other hand, we ignore the deeper things… An article appeared a while back that talked about the relationship between the way people play golf, and the way they conduct business. Fifty-five percent of the 400 executives surveyed for the article admitted that they cheated at golf at least once a week by taking an extra tee shot, undercounting the number of strokes, and secretly producing a fresh ball while pretending to look for one that was lost.

Centuries ago Plato said, "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." It seems that our actions in our playtime reveal a lot about what we’re really like at the core of our being.


We have been talking about character as one of the 3 KEYS to Godly Leadership. Let me remind of those three KEYS.

1. Calling – God’s claim to your life.

2. Character – What God looks at and develops.

3. Competency – What people look at and worry about developing.

This morning we will be examining the character of one of the greatest bible heroes, David by looking at his CALLING.

Remember that Calling is God’s claim to your life. –

1. I wonder, what is God’s claim to your life? Obviously He made you. He also redeemed you from a self led life of self-ruin by sending His Son to buy you with His own life. That’s a pretty big claim on your life.

a. Have you given God His claim to your life? You see, He holds the note on your life because He paid for your life. The title is in His name because He paid for it.

b. Or are you still living as if your life is your own?

c. 1 Cor 6:19-20 “you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

d. God has called you by name.

i. Are you going to refuse to come and receive all He has to give you?

ii. Are you going to choose to miss out on the incredible experience of be a partner with Him in turning the world right-side up?

2. David’s calling is much different than Saul’s calling. Saul’s calling had a lot to do with his appearance; David’s calling has much more to do with his character.

a. Lets look at the passage from 1 Samuel 16 and see how:

i. 1 Sa. 16:1 Now the LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons.” 2 But Samuel said, “How can I go? When Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ’I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’ 3 “And you shall invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for Me the one whom I designate to you.”

b. Samuel is worried about Saul, whether Saul will discover that there is a “quarterback controversy” for the Nation of Israel. The answer is “yes” but it won’t emerge for awhile.

i. So Samuel is told to go to a specific family in the lineage of Judah in the town of Bethlehem and to anoint a “prince” who will be the future king of Israel.

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