1 Samuel 16:1-13 – God Looks At The Heart

Read 1 Samuel 16:1-13

I love the story of David’s anointing. There is so much going on in these few short verses. As you read through, take time to imagine the reality of the situation that unfolds. We can envision all sorts of emotions even if they aren’t mentioned directly.

Samuel was fearful of Saul’s reaction to this mission for God. Rather than keep his weakness to himself, he told God, and God gave him a solution. His visit would be cloaked to look like a mission of cleansing and sacrifice. Brilliant!

We know that having conversations with God was not a new thing for Samuel. Did Samuel ever take it for granted? What a privilege it is to hear God’s voice so clearly. We can trust that God is approachable for us, too. Samuel is quite the character of faith, and we can learn a lot from him.

After Jesse gets past the fear that perhaps Samuel is bringing doom to their village and/or family, pride and honor come flooding in. God has chosen to anoint one of his sons! As parents, we always want what’s best for our children. In most cases, it’s a result of their hard work. In this case, it was even better. God saw the heart.

It goes without saying that Jesse’s sons had to be a little nervous. Out of the blue, Samuel shows up, and now they are taking turns parading in front of him. It can be a little uncomfortable to be on display like that. Would they have strutted with confidence? What was going through their minds? My heart beats just a bit faster for them!

And then there’s David. I picture him minding his own business, tending to the sheep in the field. Out of the blue, he is summoned to the main house. His role as shepherd would have been important to him, so he was probably a bit put out that he had to leave his animals behind. David was thinking, “what could be so important?”

Then it happened. Samuel put oil on him and anointed him, and “the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on.” If you have ever felt the spirit moving inside you, it’s a feeling you don’t soon forget. Was a flutter, a warm glow, or a jolt of intense energy?

David’s mind had to be spinning. God had chosen him. The Spirit of God would now be fueling his thoughts and actions. The others had to be standing there with their mouths hanging open. Young David was the one? How could it be?

God sees our hearts. He knows our thoughts. We cannot hide from God. David’s heart was pleasing to God. What does God see in your heart?

There is a simple praise song that comes to mind for me. “Change My Heart O God.”

Change my heart oh God make it ever true. Change my heart oh God, may I be like You. You are the potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me, this is what I pray.

That should be our prayer each day. We don’t have to worry about being weak. God will empower those he calls.

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Let’s pray …
Lord, may my heart be pure and ready to serve you. Forgive me for my unbelief and selfish desires. Cleanse me and make me whole. Mold me and make me into the person you desire me to be. Help me to be open and ready for those changes. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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