Yesterday we started a new series in the church called, ‘5 Acts of Devotion’ and we began by looking at being devoted to the Word of God. When I first became a Christian I was given a poem about the importance of the Bible in the life of a Christian. It has stayed with me through my life:
This is my Bible I am what it says I am I have what it says I have I can do what is says I can do I boldly confess, my mind is alert, my heart is receptive I’ll never be the same I am about to receive, the incorruptible Indestructible, ever living seed of the Word of God I’ll never be the same, never, never, never I’ll never be the same in Jesus’ name Amen
Over the next five weeks, our teaching on a Sunday about ‘5 Acts of Devotion’ is going to be supported by our Daily Devotions and in them we are going to be looking at the life of David. We will see how his devotion to God played out in his life.
We begin in 1 Samuel 16
The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.” The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.” Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?” Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.
David in Saul’s Service
Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him. Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.” So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.” One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.” Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul. David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.” Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.
The thing that shines out in this passage is David’s heart, humility and willingness to serve. When Samuel comes calling, David is not seeking recognition but it out on the hillside looking after the sheep; he is not even in the equation at this stage. Eventually, when David is anointed as a future King, he then serves Saul who is the current King.
When God sent Samuel to anoint the new King of Israel, He was not looking at outward appearance or huge gifting but He was looking at the heart. David’s heart was passionate about the things of God and therefore he was the one that God chose. Because David’s heart was in the right place it shone out in his character and others noticed it.
As you pray today ask God to give you a heart that is passionate for Him. Why not pray from the Word of God and use the following Psalm as a launch pad.
Psalm 42 v 1 – 2
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?