12th August 2019

David, A Man After God’s Own Heart

“People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

One of the amazing people mentioned in the Old Testament is David, the King of Israel. It’s possible that because of his exploits and his rise from shepherd boy to the King of the nation that he is so well known. Today, let’s look at a thumbnail sketch of this amazing individual: First of all let’s scan his CV—here it is: giant killer, shepherd, poet, musician, singer, prophet, king, warrior, and last but not least, “a man after God’s own heart!” (Acts 13:20-23). Wow, this individual had it all, didn’t he?

David was the youngest of Jesse’s eight sons. The family lived in Bethlehem (which means the house of bread) and by the time we see David, Saul the King and the prophet Samuel are estranged. Samuel is instructed to go to Bethlehem to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as the second King of Israel. This command fills Samuel with fear about how Saul will react, but he goes anyway. After he examines seven of the sons without a divine confirmation, he asks, “Are these all of your sons, Jesse?” And Jesse replies, “There’s just one more, the youngest, but he’s just a shepherd boy.” Samuel tells him, “We will not sit down until he comes” and here comes David—notice that David is not tall and handsome but small and ruddy, just a teenager, probably with spots but he is anointed King in Saul’s place. This is God’s choice and he lets Samuel into the secret that He looks on the heart and not the outer appearance! The family looked at David and saw a shepherd boy. God looked at him and saw a King!

At this anointing the Spirit comes upon little David from that day forward .Next stop chapter 17, enter Goliath, the 9 foot tall Philistine! Little David is delivering food to his brothers who are in the army facing the Philistines. They give him a hard time accusing him of just wanting to see the battle, but of course it’s a standoff; this giant is issuing a challenge to Israel’s champion, who should be the King! But Saul and all Israel are afraid (verse 11). David is outraged when he discovers that this giant has taunted Israel’s army for 40 days, twice a day—that’s 80 times that he has insulted Saul the King. So, David goes to Saul and volunteers to fight the giant. Imagine the callousness of Saul as he is willing to sacrifice David to save face and hide his lack of leadership and bravery.

David goes out to battle totally confident that the God he loves and serves will deliver this mountain of a man into his hands. And you know, that’s how our faith should be: knowing that our God has our back! And so our victory is assured!

Mighty God, thank you that we as your children can rely on you totally, as we face the giants in our lives—and know that the victory is yours!

Study by Cliff Neill

About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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