“For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 (AMP)
King David was an ancient king who lived roughly 1040 BC. A large part of his life is recorded in the scriptures. His life embodied the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover”. David began his life as the youngest of seven boys, in a culture that placed favour on children by birth order, making him the last choice of his father. Poor guy. While his father sent David’s older brothers to become trained soldiers for the Israelite army, David was relegated to care for the family’s livestock. However David’s life, that began with a career caring for sheep, turned into an anointed calling of kingship. His life that began on a hillside, would turn into a life appointed ‘The People’s Hero’ and most favoured king of Israel. I don't know how many people in history were schooled in a paddock to then eventually rule a palace, but I do know of one—the ancient King David! Talk about humble beginnings. David’s future would be radically different to his past, and his boyhood limitations would be well and truly exceeded as a man. It didn't matter that no one around him, (not even his family), could see his potential, because God did. God was the author of his days, and David carried a revelation of this truth from childhood:
‘You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvellous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.’
Psalm 139:13-16 NLT
(A psalm of David)
The scriptures make it clear that David was not chosen by God for his charm, good looks, education, or military training. David was chosen because of one very specific and hidden factor: the deep places of the heart. While people looked at David’s physical appearance, God looked at his heart. David’s heart carried a future that was not limited to his stature, intelligence, birth right, education, level of training, income, popularity or personality type. It held a future unequal to his surrounding and uniquely designed and fashioned by God, the Creator.
On one particular day when he was delivering lunch to his brothers on the battlefront, David saw the giant philistine Goliath opposing his people. David discovered that there was not one trained soldier in all of Israel brave enough to face him! Every single one had reneged on their duty to protect their people. So what did the shepherd boy David do? He volunteered his services! David stepped forward and, just like the famous story tells, killed Goliath with his trusty slingshot and stone, and then Goliath’s own sword. This happened the very same day everyone told him he was just the lunch boy, unqualified and untrained for this moment. The hurtful taunts from those around David, including those of Goliath, didn't deter him from his destiny on this history-defining day, because David had cultivated a heart that magnified the Lord. While his cowardly brothers were supposedly becoming battle-ready, David was on a hillside worshiping God and allowing his heart to become enlarged in its capacity to behold The Limitless God. His heart was filled with an uncommon courage, not learnt on a battlefield but rather a secret place with God.
We can find comfort and encouragement from David’s life because David’s humanity did not define his destiny—the posture of his heart did. The heart of a man is a powerful place, and no giant or army can prevail when faced with a heart after God’s own. David chose to hold a different opinion to the crowd’s judgements about his potential, and the realities of his circumstances, because he understood an incredible truth: his future was a process, and that process was in God’s hands.
The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out.
But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind.
I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things.
I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.”
Jeremiah 17:9-10 The Message
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