David in the bible is most commonly known for defeating Goliath as a teenager. Over the next four weeks we are going to look at his life before he was known as the mighty warrior, defeater of Armies and King! What was it about David that made him bold enough to face Goliath?
It starts with Samuel; Samuel was a prophet (official) who God had chosen to use as the one to appoint the King of Israel (Gods people). Saul was the current King but God had rejected Saul and told Samuel to appoint a new king. He instructed Samuel that the new King would be a son of a man named Jesse. When Samuel finds Jesse, he tells him to bring all his sons to him so he can choose the next king. We start reading at verse 6 when Samuel first sees Jesses oldest son.
1 Samuel 16:6-13 (NLT)
"When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the LORD’s anointed!” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” Then Jesse told his son Abinadab to step forward and walk in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “This is not the one the LORD has chosen.”
Next Jesse summoned Shimea, but Samuel said, “Neither is this the one the LORD has chosen.” In the same way, all seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen any of these.” Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.”
“Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.” So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes.
And the LORD said, “This is the one; anoint him.” So, as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah."
1. God said to Samuel “People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” What do you think God means when he says He “looks at the heart”?
2. Why do you think God chose David because of his ‘heart’ instead of his brothers who looked like they would be a better choice?
3. What do you think this means for how God looks at us?
4. David’s Father didn’t think David was good enough to be chosen as king. Have you ever every underestimated someone? Have you ever felt underestimated?
5. To live the life God has planned for us we to listen to what God says about us instead of what others may say. Do you know what says about you?
- How does this apply to my life?
- What am I going to do this week?