David: I Samuel 16:1-13

David is the eighth and youngest son of Jesse the Bethlehemite.  And to look upon him, one would know that he is the furthest thing from a king that human eyes could see.  He is a shepherd boy, tending his father’s flocks while his seven elder brothers are called in and lined up for the priest, Samuel.  Surely Eliab, who is pleasing to the eyes and of great stature, not to mention the first-born, is the Lord’s anointed.  Guess again.  Then perhaps it’s Abinidab.  No.  Shammah.  No.  None of the seven eldest is the Lord’s chosen.  Finally, at Samuel’s prompting, young David, who nobody thought could possibly be a candidate for king, is called in from the field.  The Lord commands Samuel to rise and anoint David.  And though the Lord’s spirit came upon David mightily, his life as King would hardly qualify him as a standard-bearer.  Perhaps Eliab might have been a better king, a better example, but the Lord commands otherwise, noting that “…the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart”  (I Samuel 16:7).