-THE LORD said to Samuel, How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided for Myself a king among his sons-
Hey Neighbor!Today’s lesson is about David, my favorite bible character.
No doubt this lesson will be the first of many more relative to this ‘Awesome Dude.’
A few weeks ago, I shared a little humor about how God can use Us, although We are imperfect.
That Lesson (God Wants You 👈!!) showed Us that David, amongst many other bible characters, was imperfect…yet useable, in God’s economy.
David had these three strikes against him. But God didn’t count him out…Hallelujah!!
1. David had an affair w/Bathsheba
2. David was too young.
3. David’s Armor didn’t fit.
Today We will address Strike #2 –
David Was Too Young!!
King David began to reign, as King of Israel when he was 32 years old, but He was anointed by God while still in his teens.
David was handpicked by God to replace King Saul, who God had rejected as King because of his continual disobedience.
In Verse 1 (1 Samuel 16:1), We see where God redirects Samuel, who was very disappointed with King Saul and was grieving, exceedingly over his friend, Saul because of his ‘Faith-Failures.’
So…God had sought out and had chosen David, a ‘man after His own heart,’ yet David did not receive an invitation to his own ‘Anointing Party.’ LOL!!
God had instructed Samuel to invite Jesse, David’s Father to the sacrifice…along with ‘ALL’ of his 8 sons, but Jesse neglected to invite David because he was just, too young.
See…David was the baby boy in the family, and had spent most of his time out in the field, tending to his father’s sheep.
Also…Jesse did not believe that the Lord would choose little David…
Nor did Samuel!!
In Fact…God did not even make Samuel aware beforehand, which of Jesse’s sons he was to anoint.
God was doing His ‘Walk by Faith’ thing again…
telling Samuel to – GO…
And I’ll show you ‘what’ you shall do…and ‘who’ you shall anoint, when You get there!!
I Love It…God is So Cool!!
So Samuel was ever ‘faith-full’ and obedient, as He went forth and waited for the Lord to confirm the identity of the ‘man’ after His own heart.
Prior to the Sacrifice, all of Jesse’s sons – minus David- had been, cleaned up…and consecrated for this most holy occasion…where each of the boys would be introduced, individually, and presented to Samuel, the Prophet.
First came Eliab, but…God rejected Eliab!!
Then came, Abinadab…but God rejected Abinadab!!
Then came, Shammah…but God rejected Shammah!!
So after seven of Jesse’s eight sons had passed before Samuel…God rejected each of them!!
Then Finally, Samuel realized that Jesse had failed to RSVP a seat for the youngest…yet… the chosen son.
-Then [he] said to Jesse, Are all your sons here? [Jesse] said, There is yet the youngest; he is tending the sheep. Samuel said to Jesse, Send for him; for we will not sit down to eat until he is here-
(1 Samuel 16:11)
When David arrived, in his shepherd’s clothing, not yet washed, nor consecrated, and as he passed before Samuel, The Lord confirmed the identity of ‘His Chosen Man.’
“The Lord said [to Samuel], Arise, anoint him; this is he” (1Sa 16:12)…with sheep smell and all…
So Samuel Arose and anointed David with oil, in the presence of his brothers and his father.
Although Jesse, Samuel, and his brothers had rejected David, deeming him unworthy and unfit to reign as King, because they looked at his outward appearance…
God saw David’s heart (his intents and thoughts) and had Approved and Accepted him!!
The World looked at David…and saw a ‘boy’ who was Too Young…Too Short…and Too Dirty…
But God looked at David…and saw a ‘Man’ with a ‘heart’ for God!!
God Saw that David was ‘Righteous.’
David believed in, trusted in, and relied on God!!
David would later, in his life, become the writer of most of the Psalms…where in so many of them, he revealed his heart to God and proclaimed His Love for God!!
Sure David may have appeared to be Young, dirty, and maybe a bit smelly, but God had chosen him…
prepared a table for him…
filled his cup…
reserved David’s seat/throne…as ‘His Anointed’ King of Israel!!
-You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over- (Psalm 23:5)
God IS So Awesome!!
He Loves 💕You and So Do I!!