1 Samuel 16:7 – But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
After having rejected King Saul for His disobedience against God, God now sets out to choose Israel’s next king. In doing so, He sends His Prophet, Samuel to the house of Jesse to anoint Israel’s next king. God specifically told Samuel that he would anoint the one that God Himself will choose, according to 1 Samuel 16:3.
Jesse had all his sons to parade in front of the Prophet Samuel and in Jesse’s own view, he felt that all of his sons were worthy of becoming Israel’s next king, except David, who he considered to be the least among his sons.
See, man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. God’s word declares in Acts 13:22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.
What I love about God is the fact that His “view” is not man’s view! The difference between one human being and another, as God sees us, has little or nothing to do with the size of our house, the kind of car we drive, our status, titles, our degrees, how much money we have in our pockets or in the bank, the job we do, or any of these outward things. It is not these things that God is looking at. These are the things that man looks at!
God is looking at something else – the heart. The supreme issue with God is this! What sort of a heart do we have? That was, is and forever shall be in God’s view of us and everything we do in this life. It was God’s determining factor in His choosing of Israel’s next king from the house of Jesse and it will always be God’s view of us and everything we seek to do.
Remember, in all we say and do, God is viewing us from the heart, where all of our motives originate from.
Each of the seven sons of Jesse was paraded before Samuel. One-by-one God said they were not the one He had chosen. One by one these very choice young men were set aside. This young boy who was doing nothing more than looking after the sheep in the fields, a job that many would consider insignificant. It was this boy who was considered an outcast even in his own family is who God chose to be Israel’s next king.
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, do it as unto the Lord. Let you heart be a heart after God’s own heart and what God. He will open doors no man can shut and He will shut doors no man can open, just for you.
As David entered in the midst of all his brothers and his father, these were the words that God immediately spoke to the Prophet Samuel concerning His chosen son, David. Let’s listen to vs # 12b-13 And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.
There was something God saw in David that He didn’t see in the others. David had a heart after God’s own heart.
What kind of heart do you possess? Is it a heart after God? If so, eyes have not seen, neither have ears heard, nor have it entered into the hearts of man, the things that God has in store for you.
Remember, God’s view is from the heart!
Do tell the Lord thank you for a heart after Him!
I love you all with the love of Christ.