What Is God Looking For? | The story of David
Everyone wants to feel significant, important, and loved. We feel happy when people recognize us, but let down when ignored. We live in a world where everyone wants to be in the limelight. People seek after recognition, acceptance. In order to achieve that, people want to show people what they do. We are living in the age of display picture (dp), hashtags, WhatsApp status, Instagram pictures, and YouTube videos. We want to hit the limelight.
I have seen people go out of their way to impress others and get themselves noticed. Whom do you really want to impress? When it comes to have a good impression of a person, what is man looking at and what is God looking for?
Well, today I want to look at the life of someone who went from obscurity to limelight. He was a nobody but God noticed him and elevated him to the greatest position in his country. The person I am going to talk about is King David.
A Man After God’s Heart
What took David from the obscurity to the limelight where he became the king of Israel.
Did God choose David or did David choose God?
God choose David As King
1 Samuel 16:1
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.”
1 Samuel 16:12
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.” God chose him.
Did God choose David and then David became a man after God’s heart? Or did God choose David because he was a man after his heart?
When David was anointed the king of Israel, that is when the Spirit of God fell on him. Not before. But God chose him before. God chose him because he was a man seeking God’s heart.
Why did God choose David when there are men better than David in the country?
Answer: David was a man after God’s heart.
Twice we are told in the Bible, that that David was after God’s heart.
1 Samuel 13:14
The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people.
After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’
Now God is not a respecter of persons. God has no partiality. And if God can choose David, I believe everyone listening to me are all Davids here. God can choose you like David.
Israel had been on a long drift, going away from God. Things have not been going good for Israel at all. They wanted a king and they listed three reasons why. Finally, they got to the place where they demanded a King. They were no longer satisfied with God being their ruler through a prophet, in this case Samuel, and so they requested an earthly King.
1 Samuel 8:5
The elders of Israel said to Samuel, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”
Notice the 3 reasons why they want a King: Samuel is getting old, Samuel’s sons are wicked, all the other nations have a King. Samuel is not pleased by the request. But when people insisted, God allows Samuel to give them what they want.
1 Samuel 8:7
And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.
So they found a king. His name was Saul. He was tall and handsome. He had a measure of humility at least in the beginning. But it did not take long for Saul to reveal his real attitude, his hard heart, his bad temper, his murderous jealousy and a disobedient spirit. God rejected Saul as king. In the dark days Saul’s rebellion, God did not abandon his people.
See what Samuel said to Saul:
1 Samuel 13:13-14
13“You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”
When did God say that?
God said this before God anointed David. “I have already found him, and he is going to do a better job than you and it is going to be David’s kingdom.” God sought a man after his own heart and he found it in David.
So here is our question? Are we a people after God’s heart? Or do you believe that God calls some people and we cannot fit into the call of God?
God did not call David because of his abilities, but God choose David because of he was seeking God’s heart. I want to show you that you are more than qualified to be in the same category as David.
Now look at
1 Corinthians 1:26-29
26Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; or were influential; also of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him.
Are you foolish, weak, despised? Or are you insignificant?
Congratulations, you are the person that God is looking for.
Now, was David special. No he was not. David sought God. There was nothing about David. God did not create a person higher than the rest of us. Nobody is created extra special. David sought after God’s heart. So can we.
We are far too outnumbered with the externals and the superficial. God says, “I choose nobody, so that I can turn them into somebody. I choose nothing so I get all the glory. And I choose foolishness so that my wisdom will be honored. Also, I choose the weak so my strength can come through.” If we can only choose to seek God’s heart God can use us. God looks to people like you and me and he looks for certain traits, but they are not superhero qualities. Any of us can possess them.
So what was it about David, that we could measure up to? What is it in David’s life so that we can look can say, “I can do that.”
1. David Had A Hungry Heart For God
2 Chronicles 16:9
For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
Committed heart is a perfect heart. Committed heart is a friendly heart toward God.
Do you know what David did? David decided, “I am hungry for fellowship with God. I want to be a friend of God.” The word of God says, “The eyes of the Lord range throughout the sea of humanity on earth to see someone who will say in his heart, ‘I want to be a friend of God.’”
We can do that. That is not something we cannot do. What is important to God is important to him. Their two hearts share burdens. He listens to God’s commands. Also, he cooperates with God’s desire to transform him into something more like Jesus Christ. He belongs to God completely. There are no locked closets in his life where God is not allowed. There are no areas where God is not welcome. Then he admits he is wrong. And, he does not hide it. He lays it before God and asks God to make him better than he was.
God’s use of any man will always be in response to that man’s hungry heart.
Complacency is the worst enemy we face today in Christianity.
We are just happy with who we are and what we are. The word of God says we are not to be satisfied until we come to his likeness. We are complacent and are happy with something that is below the level where God would have us to be. We are fat and fed when we ought to be hungry and starving for the presence and power of God.
David had a hungry heart. God was looking for such a man and God said in 1 Samuel 13, “I have found that man.” He is the one who will be king.
2. David Had A Humble Heart
For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
God lives with humble people and David was humble.
1 Samuel 16:1
The Lord said to Samuel ….I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
God said, he already found David as king in 1 Samuel 13. Now think about it. God said, “Samuel, go to Jesse’s house and there you will find the one to anoint.” This is the first time Samuel is going to Jesse’s house. Also, God had already been to Jesse’s house. He had been to Jessie’s house before 1 Samuel 13, looked at David and picked him up for the post of the king of Israel.
Do you know that God has already been to your home too?
God had seen David’s humble heart and had seen David’s hungry heart. Also, God observed David, and God observes you. If God had been to Jesse’s house, he has been to yours. What does he see there? So, does God see a humble attitude? And also does He see a servant spirit? Does God see someone who says, “Here I am Lord, use me. Whatever it is you can do in me, I am here. And whatever it is you can change in me, please change it.” Is there humility in your home because God has seen it whether it is or not?
David’s father called him the youngest.
He brought all the other boys up and Samuel said, “Is it all? Do you have anyone else?” The word “youngest” means the least. Jesse did not think much of David. Yes, I have one, he is really not worth that much, he is the least in my house. Can I go get him? I love what Samuel said, “We will not sit down until he comes home.” Why, that will make Jessie hurry to get David.
Where was David? You picture him kilometers away from home and they are not going to sit down until David gets back. This is the one they were looking for. God saw David.
He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens.
Where did God see David?
God saw him in the house of Jesse and he saw him as the least.
And, then God also saw David watching the sheep at the sheep fold.
God knew him because David cared to know Him. He wasn’t looking for charisma. He wasn’t looking for athleticism. Also, God wasn’t looking for outward attractiveness, and we lean on that don’t we? God was looking at his heart.
Therefore, God also did not choose David because he was talented or handsome looking or had someone to recommend for him. David was God’s servant. When you have a servant’s heart, you are humble. You do what you are told. You serve faithfully and quietly without concern about recognition.
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?
You want to paraphrase that. Who has a heart to seek after God?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.
God is looking for a humble individual and a humble attitude and David had it. So here’s my question. Can you be that man? Can you be that woman? Is there anything that David was that we cannot be? Is there some reason that we cannot seek God’s heart. We can be humble.
3. David Had Honest Actions
71from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. 72And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Do you know what David was? David was down deep, bone honest. He had integrity and he was innocent and he had character. Also, he had honest actions.
Integrity means moral soundness, honesty, uprightness of character, completeness.
Listen to David’s words of his integrity:
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Also, He was not self-righteous, nor did He claim the righteousness of his own. And he said God leads me in the paths of righteousness.
My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast..
My heart is steadfast, fixed on you God. And, my heart is unwavering. I am clinging onto you and I am not going anywhere else. It was David that said in Psalm 139:23-24 23Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
This is a man of integrity, honesty, who stands before God and his face and life is open to God. It there some reason we cannot be that person?
So how did David get there? How did David become that man? So how did David become a man after God’s own heart? How did David become a man of integrity?
See some things that we can do in order to be that person God chooses.
How Did David Become A Man After God’s Own Heart?
1. Quiet Time
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.
David spent time alone with God. David watched sheep alone. There was nobody around other than him, God and the sheep. Those quiet moments nurture our heart and we live in a day and age where there simply are no quiet moments. And if there are quiet moments in life, we are going to have to force them.
He was alone in the rain and the cold. He was alone in the wind and the burning sun. That is where he learned to be a king.
Those that have noise in their life constantly lack dept.
If you cannot stand to be alone with yourself, then you have deep unresolved issues in your life. We need to learn to be alone. We need to learn to have quiet time in our lives. Turn off that tv, turn off that phone and spend time with God. We live in this age where electronics come at you from every single direction and there is rarely a time in your life when there is no noise in your life.
If you are going to be a person with a hungry heart for the Lord, you are going to have to shut out all the things that try to feed your appetite in other directions and say, “Lord, I am here.” I am not going to ask you anything today. I am not here to talk or for my physical needs. I’m just here. Will you speak to me. I long to hear your voice.” Get alone. Let solitude sink in until the silence is deafening and all that you hear is the thumping of your heart and God’s voice. That is where David lived. That is how he became the man he was.
David sat alone and looked at the stars and he wondered the majesty and the creative power of God. It was in those hours of solitude that David said to both himself and to God, “Here am I Lord, use me.” Quiet time.
You will never have that hungry heart, humble heart and honest heart until you are alone with God.
Obscurity is the state of being unknown.
Servant leaders spend much time unknown, unseen and unappreciated. One of the things I lament about the age that we live is that young people are constantly told to step up, lead now, don’t wait. The problem with that is you have not have had time within you to develop the character and strength that will take to lead. Don’t be in too big a hurry to take on massive responsibility. Be in a big hurry to let God make you someone who can take on massive responsibility.
Don’t be afraid of obscurity and don’t think you are nobody unless you are upfront. Secondly, don’t think you are nobody unless you are in YouTube or Instagram and you get a 1000 likes for your posts. And, don’t think that you are a nobody unless people know who you are. You become a better person in those years when nobody knows who you are.
Character is built in faithful obscurity.
Those who can accept service that is unseen and receives no accolades are best qualified to handle the applause of the crowd. This is an aspect of humility and integrity. Don’t fear obscurity, embrace it as you grow in him. David did.
Definition: Being loyal and stable.
Faithfulness means being able to do the menial job every day and you are stable in it. You do the insignificant, and the routine, the repetitious, the unexciting, and the uneventful jobs of your everyday life. You just do what you’re supposed to do.
God trains in the constant unchanging hours of monotony in our life.
To do the little things over and over and over again and to do them faithfully is what kings are made of.
How exciting you think it was to watch sheep? Sheep have no intelligence. It is not at all interesting to take care of sheep. If you had a dog, it would reflect your facial expression, your mood. Sheep don’t. They are just incredibly unintelligent animals. They are just not smart at all.
There he was. Night after night, day after day faithfully watching the sheep. His father asked him to take care of the sheep. What did David do, he went and took care of the sheep. We think that great things come to us with tremendous opportunities and responsibilities from people. Great things come to you in the little things, the uneventful things, the monotonous things, the mundane things that you do over and over again. God uses faithful people.
This is something that made David the man what God wanted him to be. That is reality. We live in a world where people think what we see on screen is real. I think people are completely losing touch with reality. The reality of your life is where you need to live. Be real.
In 1 Samuel 17, David had an encounter with goliath. Goliath was defying the name of the Lord. That was real. David could have died that day very easily except for the power of God. David demands the right to deal with that giant. He talks to his brothers and the army because they are not doing anything. The brothers asked David, “Why have you come here?”
1 Samuel 17:28-29
28When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.” 29“Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?”
David is facing a reality of an opponent in Goliath and he is not even recognized by his brothers.
1 Samuel 17:34-37
34But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
See the reality of David’s life. He had to face the lion, he had to face the bear, and he had to face Goliath. David did not say, “It is just one sheep. I have plenty more.” Not David. The reality in David’s life was that, “This is my job. I cannot sit and look at what is happening to things under my capacity. I will fight it.” David delivered or rescued his sheep from the bear and the lion.
David had been doing what was right every day.
Living in reality is to handle situations as they come up. David was faithful, he had a job in hand, and when realities came he did what was required of him to do. The lion, bear, and goliath was a reality David had to face. David faced reality.
If we want to be a man after God’s own heart, we need to be real.
Learn to be effective and diligent in the responsibilities and opportunities that you have right now. Understand what is real in life and do what is right.
I do not want to be offensive here.
But God does not fix your flat tyre. You need to fix your flat tyre. God does not build a house for you. There are realities in your life that you need to face them and face them head on. You need to realize, “This is what I ought to be doing. This is what I should be doing. I have been asked to do this. I am going to handle these problem the best I can.” Don’t run away from reality.
Character comes as a habit of doing the right thing, and doing the right thing again and again.
Character is built intentionally, one block at a time, by consistently making the right choices over and over again until they become a part of your nature.
David had it.
David had to fight a bear, a lion, and Goliath. He did not cry out to God and say, “Lord kill that lion.” It was David’s job to kill the bear and he killed the bear.
Do you know that life his hard? Life is tough. Life has its own part of fatigue, heartache and disappointments. We face reality every day and by God’s help we kill the bear and we kill the lion and we kill Goliath.
Do you want to be the man that God chooses?
In 1 Samuel 13, God says I have found a man. I want to give him the kingdom. David was a man after God’s heart. This room is full of David’s if we would do what David did.
It takes a humble heart, humble attitude, and honest actions. These qualities in our life will be produced by time, by being what we should be in obscurity, by doing the mundane and unglamorous things faithfully, and by facing our reality head-on and doing what we need to do. We are to be faithful today, tomorrow, the next day, the next day until Jesus Christ returns. David was a man after God’s heart.
Did God change David into a man after his heart or did God find David to be a man after his heart? Ask yourself that question. David was anointed after God chose him. Why did God choose David? And, why would God choose you? Also, why would God not chose you? You want to be that man, you can. You want to want it. you got to be hungry for it. Your heart has to bow before God and say, “God please make me that person. Give me that character. I want that in my life.”