Sunday, March 30, 2014

“Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold.”

“Our shoes carry our body, so we polish them; our body carries our soul, so we clean the body, but, what about our soul”?

Scripture Text: (1 SM 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A)
The LORD said to Samuel:
“Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.
I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,
for I have chosen my king from among his sons.”

As Jesse and his sons came to the sacrifice,
Samuel looked at Eliab and thought,
“Surely the LORD’s anointed is here before him.”
But the LORD said to Samuel:
“Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature,
because I have rejected him.
Not as man sees does God see,
because man sees the appearance
but the LORD looks into the heart.”
In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel,
but Samuel said to Jesse,
“The LORD has not chosen any one of these.”
Then Samuel asked Jesse,
“Are these all the sons you have?”
Jesse replied,
“There is still the youngest, who is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said to Jesse,
“Send for him;
we will not begin the sacrificial banquet until he arrives here.”
Jesse sent and had the young man brought to them.
He was ruddy, a youth handsome to behold
and making a splendid appearance.
The LORD said,
“There—anoint him, for this is the one!”
Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand,
anointed David in the presence of his brothers;
and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David.

God is looking for people with pure hearts, people who will be faithful and obedient. He is looking for people who are willing to be formed by him. King Saul, David’s predecessor, had turned away from God, but in David, God found a man with a soft heart and a willing spirit.

God isn’t looking for the smartest, the wealthiest, the most beautiful, or the flashiest person. He is looking for people who are committed to him and who strive to model their lives after his teachings.

In talking about David’s heart, we need to know that David had a heart that hungered for God. David said in Ps 42:1 “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” David had a hunger for God, not just what God could offer, but for God. David understood how much God loved him and he loved God. David repeatedly spoke in the Psalms about how God’s love and faithfulness is higher than the skies.

The question for us is, “Do you hunger and thirst for God like David did?” “Do you search after God and desire a deeper walk with him or are you satisfied?”

The good news is that God says we will find if we seek.

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