THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Thirteen

A Heart Like His | 1 Samuel 16:1-13

1 Samuel 16:1-13 - Now the Lord said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.” 2 But Samuel asked, “How can I do that? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.” “Take a heifer with you,” the Lord replied, “and say that you have come to make a sacrifice to the Lord. 3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you which of his sons to anoint for me.” 4 So Samuel did as the Lord instructed. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town came trembling to meet him. “What’s wrong?” they asked. “Do you come in peace?” 5 “Yes,” Samuel replied. “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Purify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then Samuel performed the purification rite for Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice, too. 6 When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 8 Then Jesse told his son Abinadab to step forward and walk in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “This is not the one the Lord has chosen.” 9 Next Jesse summoned Shimea, but Samuel said, “Neither is this the one the Lord has chosen.” 10 In the same way all seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 11 Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.” “Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.” 12 So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes. And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.” 13 So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.

I. A body like his or hers

A. Our society is obsessed with physical appearance.

  • THE GYM, people are more faithful to it than the church. The church is your spiritual gym.
  • Billions of dollars are spent each year in the health and fitness industries.

B. I am all for physical fitness and being in shape.

  • God has another standard.
1 Samuel 16:7 - But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
  • Man places a high price on the externals; God examines deep within that man for something more.

C. In Biblical thought, the heart was the central organ that controlled all activities thus determining one's character of living.

  • In the heart is the womb of character.
  • The thing that impressed God about David was his heart.

David allowed God to mold and fashion his heart into that which would be pleasing to him. Developing a heart for God is not as difficult as it may sound. It involves concerning our heart with the concerns of God's heart. We must develop those qualities that are worth having in our lives. We must love what God loves and stand against what He hates.

II. How to develop a heart for God

1. Stay humble in success

A. Without a doubt, David was successful. ". . . and continued to be successful in all his activities because the LORD was with him" (1 Sam. 18:14).

B. In order to keep success from crowding God out of the heart it must be kept in check. The antidote is humility.

Numbers 12:3 - Now Moses was very humble—more humble than any other person on earth.
  • The greatest leaders lead in humility
  • Humility is not lowliness or to be humiliated or to be abased.

Humility: recognizing the grace and mercy of God.

  • When it comes to success and accomplishment, humility recognizes where these things come from.
"I was here by accident and I try to remember where I came from and where I'm going back to."
-Harry Truman
1 Peter 5:5-6 - In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
  • The men and women who will not stand for our national anthem are not exercising their rights they are exercising their pride.

The ultimate test of a heart for God is: How do you handle success? The greatest test of our character is not adversity but prosperity. Stay humble in success.

2. Stay available

A. Back to obedience

  • God said of David, "I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will carry out all My will" (Acts 13:22).
  • It seems to me every morning of David approaching God saying, "Reporting for duty, Sir. What are my orders today?"
Luke 17:9-10 - And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not. 10 In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’”
  • David wholeheartedly served his Master through thick and thin, through easy times and difficult times. God could count on David Because David counted on God! That can be said of you too!!!!

B. The antidote for boredom is service.

  • Boredom gives way to laziness and laziness dries up the heart.
  • Service opens a floodgate of life-giving resources to bring energy and power to one's heart and devotion to God.

It has been said that God wants our availability before he wants our ability. The truth is he wants both. But the fact remains that he can't use our ability unless we have made ourselves available to him. Stay available

3. Stay repentant of sins

A. I love the Bible. One reason, in particular, it doesn't cover-up anyone's sins or faults.

  • David is no exception. A low point in David's life involved his adultery with Bathsheba and the eventual murder of her husband Uriah.

B. Although David was a great sinner, he was also a great repenter.

  • He confessed, "I have sinned against the LORD" (2 Sam. 12:13). Psalms 51 is his confessional statement. He sinned desperately, but he wanted desperately not to sin.
  • One can experience a dreaded past and still be used of God. We are going to sin. That sin separates us from God. It stains and hardens our heart. But the great antidote is repentance.

David prayed, "God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me" (Psalm 51:10). He wanted a heart that was clean before God. This represents an individual who devotes their life to God. Stay repentant. 

4. Stay trusting in a Savior

A. David experienced constant stress.

  • For much of his younger adulthood, he was pursued by Saul who sought to kill him.
  • He became the king of a nation that endured wars, giants, national problems, famine, only to name a few.

B. Stress breaks even the sturdiest of hearts.

  • David had an antidote - Trust in a living God.
2 Samuel 22:1-4 - David sang this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul. 2 He sang: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; 3my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence. 4 I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.

David's basic philosophy for dealing with the problems and frustrations of life stated, "I pray. I trust. I keep moving." Stay trusting.

5. Stay exultant in your Heavenly Father

A. Psalms, David is known for many things but one of his greatest feats was the writing of the majority of the Psalms.

  • Many of these psalms probably were written when David sat alone on the Judean hillside tending his flock of sheep.
  • They are expressive words directing his attention to his Heavenly Father. As one Psalm puts it,
"Proclaim with me the LORD's greatness; let us exalt His name together" (Psalm 34:3).
  • He worshiped and lifted up the name of the Lord. He always remembered who was on the throne.

B. The antidote for selfishness is the exaltation of God.

  • Selfishness shrinks the heart; the exaltation of God expands the heart.
  • It creates room for God. It dispels the unnecessary things in life.
  • What are you worshipping? Be careful how you answer. David said, "I will not set anything godless before my eyes" (Psalm 101:3).

Exalt Him. He is your salvation! He is your life! He wants you to be forgiven, to be full, to be free! 

What about you? Can God count on you because you count on Him? Do you acknowledge God’s grace in your success? Are you available? When you screw up do you repent and move forward? Have you thrown you care on Him because you trust Him? Do you exalt your heavenly father above everything else? These are the things that develop a Heart like His. I get it. Life is tough. So many pressures…

"It doesn't matter how great the pressure is. What really matters is where the pressure lies - whether it comes between you and God or whether it presses you nearer his heart."
-Hudson Taylor