The Lord is our shepherd, David knew this as a shepherd himself. He had times in quietness, solitude, where he had communion with God in praise and worship. It was these unrecorded private times that laid a foundation for hearing and awareness when the presence of God was near, working, building greater relationship. David shared that his reason for confidence in victory against Israel’s enemies was from facing and defeating the bear and lion as a shepherd of sheep. (1 Sam. 17:36-37) Was it the Lord’s assurances during long quiet dark nights or times of private worship that also marked David’s early years? When he was in grave danger from King Saul, where did he acquire the wisdom to hold firm on God’s word? Had he spent time before the Lord memorizing the Word of God? When he read the scrolls did he understand the Sovereignty of God over kings, nations and individuals from Abraham, Joseph, Moses and the prophets? Was this why he refused to take matters into his own hands even as God had given him opportunity and his advisors urged him to do?
God directed Samuel to anoint a new King over Israel, because of Saul’s disobedience. “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.’ ” (1 Samuel 16:7) God knew David’s heart was set on Him. Samuel was told to anoint a son of Jesse, but how was he to know which one? They came to him, but the Lord did not confirm to Samuel the selected one until the youngest came in from tending the sheep. “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’ .” (1 Samuel 16:12-13)
David was healthy with fine features and handsome, but this was for the people, God looks upon the heart. Samuel did not choose, but waited until He heard God’s voice. At that point David was filled with the Spirit. Every believer may be filled with the Spirit today. We can hear God’s voice as Samuel did, whether audibly or not, our duty is to listen and obey the instruction given. Victories in battle, wise decisions, standing firm upon God’s word and principle, these were accomplished through David by God’s Spirit. Similar exploits can be accomplished by God through you by the Holy Spirit. You may not be pretty or handsome in the world’s estimation, but God looks at your heart. Is your heart after God? Then He has chosen you from among the crowd and anointed you with the oil of the Holy Spirit. (Ps. 133) Continue your adventure with Yeshua this morning by forgiving, (again as necessary) those who have wronged you, misjudged you, slandered and offended you, misused you, and hurt your feelings. You know these people, the enemy reminds you how they rejected, lied, and hurt you. Yeshua was treated like this and much worse, so as you (once again) speak forgiveness to your enemies you will be like Yeshua and His favor will overshadow you, lifting burdens, refreshing and renewing a right spirit within you. Now, you are ready for communion alone with Yeshua.