Reading through the Bible together
With the blessing of God having departed from Saul’s kingdom, the prophet Samuel now has the task of looking for a new king. While Saul was distinguished for his height, notice God’s specific instructions to Samuel this time as he began to evaluate the eldest son of Jesse. “Look NOT on his countenance or on the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (vs. 7) After being introduced to what he thought was all of Jesse’s sons, and God still not giving him some sign of whom to anoint, you can imagine how perplexed Samuel was. “Is this ALL your children?” he asked the father.
Apparently when Samuel called Jesse’s household together for the sacrifice, little David was not esteemed important enough to be included. But despite being the least in his father’s house and being left behind in the special celebration, he wasn’t sulking, but was faithfully watching his father’s sheep. You can imagine his surprise when he was not only called to the sacrifice, but when Samuel anointed him, and gave him God’s special blessing. We are told, “And the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.” (vs. 13)
David continues to be faithful and through what would seem like quite an ironic twist, King Saul hears about this young man who has developed a reputation of being not only a skilled musician, but strong and brave, a man of war, and wise—even good looking besides. And now God calls him from the sheepfold to the palace to prepare him for the next step in his journey.
Just like David, God is preparing all of us for the Kingdom, the Heavenly Kingdom. But the qualifications are not the same as that of the world. If you are that person that feels forgotten or overlooked, or maybe not worthy, review Matthew 5:1-12 to see God’s qualifications for His Kingdom. Remember, it’s not about being popular or attractive, or even talented—although those things are not wrong. But what is most important? “Where is your heart? And what is in your heart?”
Melodious Echo Mason
Bible Camp Ministries