AFTER GOD’S HEART part 1 – Dealing With Delay (1 Samuel 16:1-13) – Steve Sudworth
David is referred to as a man after God’s own heart. The youngest son of Jesse, he was anointed King by the prophet Samuel when he was just a young boy. David’s life is one of raw humanity; his joy, sorrow, grief, repentance and worship are beautifully recorded in the 78 Psalms he is said to have written. The historical books of 1 Samuel, 1 Kings, and 1 Chronicles give a chronological account of his life. There are a myriad of truths, encouragements, and relevant applications that can be drawn from the life of David.
In first Samuel 16 we are introduced to David for the first time. As the youngest son of Jesse he was tending to the sheep while his older brothers (the more obvious choice) were presented before Samuel
Text: 1 Samuel 16
The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” 2 And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.” 4 Samuel did what the Lord commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?” 5 And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.” 7 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 theLord looks on the heart.” 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest,[a] but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.”12 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.” 13 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. And Samuel rose up and went to Rama
After reading the above passage it is natural to assume something “big” should follow; David should instantly become King or some other monumental shift should occur. But, it doesn’t. Not yet. David goes back to tending the sheep and later is called to play a harp for Saul in order to calm demonic manifestations. The gentile movements of the Lord aren’t necessarily glamorous, or big. The Lord brings about His will in His timing.
David dealt with the Lords delay in being about what was promised by being obedient in the moment. Not looking to what will be, but serving the Lord and loving other whole heartedly where he was at that moment in time.
Suggested Discussion Questions
In what areas of your life do you feel that there is a delay in your life?
Why might there be a delay in this promises being brought to fruition?