TEXT: 1 Samuel 16: 6-7
OUTLINE: The Lord counseled Samuel and said to him, “The Lord sees not as
man, for man looks at the Outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”.
CONTENT: Samuel reigned in Israel as Judge; now being old, he had to choose a king by
request of the people, so God told him to make Saul king. However, Saul soon suffered from
severe depression which sometimes caused him sometimes to be angry and violent. The Lord
then told Samuel to seek a King as a replacement from one of Jesse’s sons. After over-looking
seven of the sons, he was then shown David, the last son who was rugged in appearance and a
shepherd boy. Samuel then anointed David, and the spirit of God rested upon him. God judges
the heart not the appearance. Saul later sent for David who became Saul’s armor bearer; often
quieted Saul’s distressing spirit s; and later rose to be much more.
There are three lessons we can learn from this whole story:
(1) There is a message for those who feel they are left out or picked over from the important things.
God wants to prepare us for bigger things, so He picks us for small things. Is God calling you for a
special thing? Remember Jonah; God may use you to influence others. Be prepared.
(2) There is hope for those concerned about the future. David had no clue of what was ahead for him.
He was not perfect, he had many flaws and committed many wrongs but God saw his heart, and
even referred to him as a man after his own heart. Sometimes in life we go ten steps ahead and
nine backwards but God is always with us. Remember Abraham !!!, God called him and sent him
into the unknown and he obeyed and was prosperous. God was always with him and kept his
promise to him.
(3) There is Encouragement, for those who God calls to do something. He knows our capabilities. He is
always with us and will equip us for the work He wants us to do.
If you are willing to learn, be obedient, and respond to God’s call.