Before David fought and slew Goliath….before David became a leader and soldier….before he had to hide for his life, from Saul….before all these…
…David was a shepherd….who was called of God….to be king of God’s people, ….a man after God’s own heart.
We are going to consider that call. It begins with Samuel, the prophet.
He receives Word from the Lord to stop “mourning” over the fact that God took the kingdom from Saul,…
(Saul lost the kingship because of his disobedience…..and very important…his lack of honesty about his sin, when he was confronted with it.
The kingdom was “rent” from Saul, by the Lord…..”and given it to a neighbor of thine, that is better than thou.” 1 Samuel 15:28)
1 Samuel 16:1 “And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel?
Fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided Me a king among his sons.”
It was time to stop mourning over what Saul had done…..and over what God had done….
…and do what was next in God’s purpose for Samuel, Israel, and the next king.
(There is a time for sorrow for sin,….but then, it is to be put away and get up and go on.)
But before Samuel goes….he speaks of fear.
(I find this unusual for Samuel. He was a lighting-rod for God’s people when the priesthood failed….and had led the people to repentance and revival….
…..but fear is one of those sneaky sins which comes in through our reasonings….or sudden onslaught of emotion.
Samuel felt responsible for Saul…perhaps he should have spoke to him more….perhaps, if he had spent more time with him…things could have been different.
Samuel was mourning (bewailed)….or “crying over spilled milk”…my grandmother would have said. In this emotional state, Samuel was venerable….and fear came.)
But God speaks to him and gives direction….and Samuel gets up and does as he is told. The fear is gone…for he trusts the Lord.
So Samuel, takes a animal for sacrifice…..and goes to Bethlehem. The elders of the town are concerned that he is there because they have done something wrong….
….but Samuel assures them that his coming is peaceable. He tells them to come to the sacrifice.
Jesse and most of his sons, come….and Samuel “sanctifies” them….sets them aside to eat with him.
1 Samuel 16:6, 10 “And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him.
Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, the Lord hath not chosen these.”
Saul had been head and shoulders above the other Israelites….so looking at the tall men which were Jesse’s sons….Samuel thought that they should have been who the Lord had sent him to anoint as the next king…
But as the Lord told Samuel….
1 Samuel 16:7 “….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.”
This time, the Lord would choose a man which would love Him….
1 Samuel 16:11-12. “And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remains the yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.
And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.”
I want to pause here and mention….that the very first description of David is shepherd…”keepeth the sheep”.
God needed a man with a Shepherd’s heart (2 Samuel 24:17)…to do the work of leading His people…..both in battle, and back to Him, in worship.
The second description is: ruddy (meaning a young man, not shaving yet)….
…..a beautiful countenance (meaning that he was a handsome young man, strong)……
…..and goodly (this term was also used for Moses…and means one which was obedient in heart.)
As David came into the feast, Samuel looked on him….and did not see a king….but a boy!
The Lord had to tell him to get up…and do what I sent you here to do!
But the Lord said….”Arise” (Get up Samuel….stop looking for another Saul)
“…anoint him” (Pour the oil of anointing over his head, and I will anoint him in his spirit….with My Holy Spirit)
“…for this is he.” (This is My choice….a man who knows Me, and trusts Me Psalm 89:20-21)
(The Lord first called David….then anointed him….giving him what he needed for the job…the Holy Spirit…..and the Lord does the same for us: He calls us and then empowers us to do.)
1 Samuel 16:13 “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. So Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.”
The next king was chosen and anointed for the job….but it would be years and many experiences….before David became officially the king of Israel…to the people.
Yet from the moment he was anointed…..he became the focal point of the next history of Israel.
(Right after this he became the singer and soother of Saul in the court….he took care of his father’s sheep when Saul and his army went to meet the Philistines…..he took food to his brothers who were in Saul’s army….and defeated Goliath.
He became one of the heads of Saul’s army….and slew many enemies of Israel. As Saul’s jealousy grew, he had to run for his life…..
….but the narrative follows him….
….till at last,…..all Israel crowned him king)
2 Samuel 5:1-3 “Then came all the tribes of Israel to David….saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh…..
……thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the Lord said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel.
…..and they anointed David king over Israel.”
It is amazing to me…..since they knew this….why did they take so long to make him king?!
But are not we the same way with Christ?
David was a type of Christ.
And is this said of Christ…”The Lord is My Shepherd, I shall not want”
Are we experiencing His guiding, leading, feeding?
Christ is also King….anointed of His Father for the kingdom of our hearts….and the earth.
Are we anointing Him with the oil of joy in our hearts and lives…..for we know that He has always set His heart on us….
…”before the world began”..or before times eternal (2 Timothy 1:9)
What is holding us back from setting our hearts on Him….and letting Him lead us….into all that we should be?