KEY TEXT: 1 Samuel 16:6-7, 12-13 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, "Surely the Lord's anointed is before him." But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart"... And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, "Arise, anoint him, for this is he." Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward.
KEY THOT: In these days when people are judged very much by their outward appearance--the clothes they wear, the branded goods they carry and wear, the cars they drive, or the type of housing they stay, and even the schools or universities they attend--it is very easy to forget that God totally ignores what we give so much attention to. His primary concern is the state of the heart, not the state of the art of consumer goods we parade around us: "For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart" (v.7). Despite the imposing and impressive appearance of the first seven sons of Jesse, the Lord told Samuel he had not chosen any of them. So, when told there was still one more son out in the field tending sheep, Samuel asked to see him. And when he came, the Lord said, "Arise,anoint him, for this is he" (v. 13).
Perhaps, we may ask what was it about David that immediately got God's approval. To his other brothers, David was just plain Joe, our "kid brother". And that's why he got the worse job--looking after the sheep in the field. But it was while tending his sheep that David developed an intimacy with God. In Psalm 23, David expressed his knowledge of the Lord as His Shepherd based on his own experience as a shepherd boy looking after his own sheep.
It is therefore not presumptive to assume that many of his psalms of praise to God were inspired during his lonely days out in the field looking after his father's sheep and watching the stars in the sky. And he had probably sang them while his sheep were resting or grazing contentedly under his watch. God heard his songs of worship and therefore was pleased with him: "I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will." (Acts 13:22). So, God's choice of David didn't happen when Samuel went to Jesse's home--He had his eyes on David for years when he heard him singing his songs of worship.
At the end of the day, it does not matter what the world thinks of us. What really matters to us is what God thinks of us. And what He thinks of us is based on what He sees in our hearts, whether we are seeking "after my heart, who will do my will." When we have a heart that seeks after God's heart and fear nothing but sin, we will experience the anointing of the Spirit that will transform us from being a nobody into a somebody.
Father, thank You that You do not judge us by our outward appearance, but by our heart motives and attitudes. May You grant us a heart of worship and commitment to do Your will, so that we might do exploits for Your name's sake. Amen.