David Chosen by God


Do you ever feel like you aren’t worthy of being used for a greater purpose or for God’s plan for the world? I didn’t feel worthy. Sometimes I still don’t, to be honest. But in actuality, we are all hand-picked by God for our purpose in life. He equips us to do what He has called us to do. We aren’t always already masters. My 4th favorite person of the Bible is David son of Jesse. We first meet David in 1 Samuel 16. 

1The 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.”
2But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”
The Lordsaid, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”
4Samuel did what the Lordsaid. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?”
5Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
6When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”
7But the Lordsaid to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lorddoes not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lordlooks at the heart.”
8Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lordhas not chosen this one either.” 9Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lordchosen this one.”10Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lordhas not chosen these.” 11So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
12So 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.”
13So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah. – 1 Samuel 16:1-13

What we learn about David is that he is a humble shepherd, poet, and the youngest son of Jesse. When God rejects Saul as king of Israel, He sends the prophet Samuel to the house of Jesse in search for who was meant to take the throne. When he arrives and asks Jesse for his sons, Jesse shows him the seven sons that were home, but none of them were who he was looking for. He asked if a son was left out. David was in the pasture with the sheep. When he returned, Samuel annointed him as king! He went on to be known as the greatest king of Israel, defeater of Goliath, and the ancestor of Jesus.

He wasn’t perfect, though. Oh no! After he was publicly annointed, (he was first annointed in secret as a child when Samuel found him) he committed adultery with Bathsheba, arranged the murder of Bathsheba’s husband because she conceived a child, disobeyed God in taking a census of the people, and plently other sins and mistakes. But we can learn plenty of lessons from David and his mistakes like how forgiveness doesn’t mean that there are no consequences of sin, God desires complete trust and worship from us, and that the willingness to admit to our mistakes is the first step in dealing with those mistakes.

David is one of my favorites because how perfectly imperfect he is. He gives us this picture of how God can chose any one of us to be used as His vessels even if we aren’t flawless or sinless. That is nice to know since none of us are flawless or sinless.

If you want to read more about King David, you can visit a fellow writer’s blog as well.

Did you miss my #5 favorite person of the Bible? Or has it just been so long since I posted last and you forgot who it is? Have no fear! It was Tamar, David’s daughter. Read about her Here!

Great to be back!

So, it has been a while since I posted and had promised many times to be back but failed. Things have just gotten so chaotic. But I have good news! My boyfriend has decided to kick off his own blog on comic books and related media! I will be linking you to his blog in future posts for those who are interested in that sort of genre. I think with him writing as well, I will be more inclined and excited to write.

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XOXO

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Information of the profile of King David in the NIV Life Application Study Bible was borrowed for this post.
1 Samuel. (2011). In Niv Life Application Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
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