KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 13:22. “And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will”.
Our key scripture describes David as a man after God’s heart. The name David also means ‘Beloved’. The life of David is a story about one of the great men of faith who distinguished himself so much. There is so much references made about him and we would not be able to go through a number of them. I pray the Holy Spirit would enlighten our hearts and minds to learn from this great servant of God and walk in the path of the just as he walked. (Proverbs 4:18)
David is the great grandson of Ruth, that faithful Moabite woman who would not leave Naomi when everything had gone bad with her. Ruth gave birth to Obed and Obed gave birth to Jesse and Jesse gave birth to David. David was the youngest of the eight sons of Jesse, and he was a shepherd boy.
As our key scripture says David was a man whose heart was after God. When Samuel came to Jesse’s house to anoint one of his sons to be the next king of Israel, he looked on Eliab and said this is the one. God said, look not on the countenance or the height of his stature, because I have refused him for the Lord seeth not as man seeth, for man looketh on the outside appearance but the Lord looketh on the heart. This is a very powerful revelation to all. God is not enthused about the things people see and praise men for. God considers the heart that fears and cherishes his word. The man that places him first. God gave Saul to the Israelites, not because he pleased him, yet He gave him to them because in their minds that was the kind of king they wanted. In David was a man who had no regard for the praise of men but the glory of God. Life is all about the place God occupies in our heart.
Psalm 104:34 “My meditation of Him shall be sweet. I will be glad in the Lord”. Listen again to what he says in Psalm 119:97 “O how I love thy law. It is my meditation all day”. This was the fundamental secret of David’s success. He was a grand lover of God, not a follower of things or fame.
David did not live to achieve anything for himself, he lived purposely for the GLORY OF GOD to be seen through Him.
May the Lord help us to discover this unique character as we embark on this study.
Heavenly Father, help me to capture deep down in my spirit the beauty of the life and character of your servant David as we take this study.
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.
1 Samuel 16:18 ” Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.”