David – the Shepherd
This morning I will share with you how God chose David to be King over the of Nation of Judah and the other 11 Tribes of Israel. He was chosen to replace King Saul who was rejected because of his disobedience. The life of David will unveil many important keys to show us how to grow in The Bible in 1 Samuel 13:14 and Acts 13 show us why God chose him as King to replace King Saul. And why was he so special to God? We are told that “David is a man after God’s heart.“
In 1 Samuel 13:14, Prophet Samuel told King Saul that because of his disobedience, God had found Him another man to replace him as king:-
“1 Samuel 13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart...”
And again in Acts, the Apostle Paul testified further of David:-
“Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king;
to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse,
a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.“
Unlike Saul who was rejected by God because of his disobedience, God sought out David to replace him. And we have been told the reason how God chose David in 1 Samuel 16:7. When Prophet Samuel was at Jesse’s house to look for David, Jesse brought out his 6 sons and was parading before Samuel and after choosing a few, God said no to him and said to him:-
“But the LORD said unto Samuel, 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.”
How many of you realize that God has first called us and if we remain faithful loving and serving Him, He will choose us like He chose David.? We are told in scriptures that “Many are called, but few are chosen! ” We can be the “few” if we want to! We did not choose God! God chose us but He “only choose those who really seek after His heart!”
Here is a seldom taught scripture which shows us why God is lost to those who do not seek Him. In Jeremiah 29:13-14, we are told that God is lost and cannot be found to those who do not seek after Him!
“13 and ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD:”
Now in 1 Samuel 15, the story began of Saul and David.
David for some reason was not favoured by his family. Jesse, the father of David, had many sons but he rejected David. He preferred his other children over David. They stayed in the luxury of their home to enjoy the good things of life while David was sent out to the fields to tend to sheep. Poor David he bore the heat and the smell of the dirt out there looking after the sheep! And notice that he was always alone with his sheep. But in his loneliness he sought and found God. I believe every evening after he had put the sheep to safety and while staying awake to watch over them, he did his devotion time to worship God and in this daily communion, he learned the heartbeat of God, the thoughts and feelings, the ways of God. And oh yes! God saw his heart.
As a shepherd boy, God moulded him to become a man called to be a king! He was found to be faithful and dedicated, had a heart that is tender and true to God. See how he talked and worshipped God in his many Psalms written for us! He respected authority and never swayed in his decision. God truly loved David the way he went after His heart! Will you?
Read on in the other chapters and you will get to know much of him.
In spite of King Saul’s hate, he continued to respect King Saul. Out of jealousy, Saul was determined to kill David. We know that David had opportunities to slay King Saul. But although he had many occasions to kill Saul, he did not. He said “I will not touch God’s anointed one”. What a heart David had!
His men could not understand why he refused to kill Saul.
As their Leader, David also set many examples before his men to always stand true and upright. We see many examples given in scriptures. Here is one in 1 Samuel 22 to really show us “how to treat those under our care”. I encourage you to read the books of Samuel and more in Chronicles:-
“1 Samuel 22:1-2 (Cave of Adullam)
1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam:
and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him.
2 And every one that was in distress
, and every one that was in debt,
and every one that was discontented,
gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them:
and there were with him about four hundred men.”
David was a True Leader! David as a shepherd was alone and was kept away from all the celebrations and enjoyment in his father’s house. But yet God saw his heart and chose him to be King!
God can use and choose us if we can learn to be like David to seek God with all our heart!
Finally when Jesse had shown Samuel his 6 sons, Samuel enquired whether that was all and Jesse said he had one more son, David out tending to the sheep. Samuel asked for David to be brought in and when Samuel saw him, God immediately said to Samuel,
“he is the one”.
God sees our hearts in our walk with Him. God saw David’s heart, so being faithful serving as a shepherd, in due season, God sought him out to replace Saul as King. You will find in 1 and 2 Samuel, nothing was ever mentioned about David being disobedient. He feared and revered God.
Finally when Samuel found David he anointed him. That was the first anointing, the beginning of his exploits. And with this empowerment, he slew Goliath!
What a revealing and powerful lesson we can all learn to be God’s man and woman of the hour!
If we learn to seek and love God like David did, we too can be chosen and anointed by God and slay our “Giants” in our journey of faith! This is yours and mine “Duty” and nothing else matters for soldiers in Christ!
Tomorrow we look how he got his Second Anointing.