“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7.
They had already tried that. Saul, being a head taller than many others, certainly had a regal bearing, but the humble facade of hiding in the baggage when called to be king soon gave way to erecting statues in his own honor. So Samuel was sent to Bethlehem to anoint one of Jesse’s sons, and despite being God’s prophet, he saw too much like a man to seek the man who seeks God’s own heart.
David came along, and he was the often-forgotten kid-brother … and young. While such an important figure such as Samuel was visiting his home and all the other brothers were present, David was watching the sheep.
This is the David who would grow up and choose God over his own desires every time (except one, i.e. the Uriah and Bathsheba incident), who would write many of the psalms, and collect money for the building of the temple he knew he would never see because he was a man of blood.
Are you a man after God’s own heart?
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