Tonight is the beginning of our new Bible Study, Lessons On Living From David, written by www.BibleStudiesOnline.org. We will study the life of David in 1st and 2nd Samuel and 1 Kings and learn of his history and how he went from being a shepherd boy to a King to a man after God’s own heart. David was a warrior, he was betrayed by his own son, his people, and his advisors. But through it all, God was faithful and loved him. David also was a man who sinned and through this study you will be reminded how merciful God is as He forgives David’s sin. Yes, when you seek after God’s heart, you are forgiven and God is merciful to you.
1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
What we learn…
If you review the entire Chapter 16, you will find that the current king, Saul, had been rejected by God and Samuel had been called by God to come to Him. Samuel was a prophet of God. He was sent to anoint a new king to Jesse the Bethlehemite’s sons. Samuel was told by God not to look at the outward appearances because this does not necessarily make the man. David’s brothers, who were first interviewed for the job of future king of Israel, were all kingly looking. God, however, knew their hearts were not right and rejected them. It was not until David was brought before Samuel that God found a man “after His own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14).
The most important responsibility we as Christians have is to keep our heart right with God. Physical exercise doesn’t do it (1 Tim. 4:8), although there is certainly nothing wrong with looking clean and neat, but the real test in God’s sight is our heart. No matter our appearance, if our heart is not pure before the Lord, He can’t use us to accomplish His will.
Are you taking care of your heart? If it has become spiritually out of shape, apply the 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Make sure that when God looks at your heart, He likes what He sees.Keep your heart seeking after God’s own heart.
1 Samuel 16:11
And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.”
What We Learn…
While all David’s brothers were given responsibilities at home and their father’s attention, he was sent off to the lonely task of herding sheep on the Judean hillside. He probably was speaking from personal experience when he said, “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me” (Ps. 27:10). Yet the one whom others saw as a person of last resort, God considered a person of 1st choice. Though Jesse, David’s father, saw him only worthy of watching sheep, God saw him as the future king of Israel.
How the world sees us is not important. The most important is how God sees us. What is hidden now will someday be revealed…if not on earth, then in heaven. Many who humbly stood in last place in life will find themselves in that day at the head of the line (Matt.19:30). Don’t be discouraged if those around you do not hold you in high esteem.Those whom man puts last God often puts first.
1 Samuel 16:13
Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.
What We Learn…
God knew that David would need more than just a flash of power so He indwelled him with the Holy Spirit. If this young man was to be the king he needed to be, he required a steady contact with God through the Holy Spirit. To symbolize that experience, Samuel anointed David with oil and the Spirit came upon him “from that day forward.” All that David accomplished of an eternal nature could be traced to this ongoing guidance from God’s Spirit. It was not a momentary occurrence; it was a lifetime experience.
We as Christians have many “spiritual flashes.” It may be the exhilarating experience of a weekend retreat or an overwhelming sense of God’s presence in the midst of a worship. These are wonderful encounters but are not meant to replace continual, daily contact with God’s Spirit. Be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18). Don’t be satisfied with an occasional flash of emotion. Let the Holy Spirit take control of your life and experience His power on a daily basis. Confess your sins and keep in contact with Him.
1 Samuel 16:18
Then one of the servants answered and said, “Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the Lord is with him.”
What We Learn…
David was a very gifted…a talented musician whose psalms are still set to music today, a valiant warrior (1 Sam. 18:7), a wise counselor, and a handsome person. More important than all these was this fact: the Lord was with him. All David’s giftedness would have been for nothing had he lacked that one essential element-God’s presence.
We often look at others and admire them for their abilities. We may wish we could sing or play an instrument, or be as intellectual. But we don’t often ask ourselves, if this person has God’s presence in their life? The most important gift of all is Christ’s presence in your life. All you need is an open heart to receive the Savior. Do it today.
Thank You for teaching us about David’s early life and anointing and how we too can be a person after Your heart. Thank You for the indwelling of Your Holy Spirit that guides us and teaches us. We love You Lord. Amen.
Our Study is actually a 31-day study that I am dividing into 31 verses. There will be 4 verses discussed on each Friday with the weekend and 3 verses discussed on each Tuesday. The study should last approximately 13 weeks. There will be no specific questions asked during this study. Feel free to read more of the context around the verses though to get a better understanding of the study. Susan…