Forgotten Shepherd Becomes King
“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)
These verses from the Bible were true in the life of King David. David, the youngest son of a man named Jesse from Bethlehem, became the greatest king of all time. Humanly speaking, he was not a likely candidate.
He was just a boy, considered useless by his father and brothers. His three oldest brothers were serving the king, and his other brothers also might have been doing important jobs. David probably wasn’t even at home very often because he was busy taking care of his father’s sheep.
David had nothing in himself. He did not possess anything according to the world. When God told Samuel to anoint David, He reminded the prophet that he should not consider the appearance, charm or height of a person. “The LORD does not look at the things people look at,” God told Samuel. “People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (See 1 Samuel 16:7)
Usually it is the highly educated, intelligent, good-looking people that are chosen for high positions in the world. Everyone depends on this kind of people to accomplish anything. But God’s choice is always different from ours. He considers spiritual beauty and character.
The Apostle Paul said that there was no goodness in himself, but everything he had was by God’s grace. He counted all his possessions, accomplishments and talents as garbage.
God’s plan is opposite of our human mindset. According to man’s thinking, David was just a common man with no more talent or qualities than the rest of us. But he had a heart which was dear to God. When God chooses people to fulfill His plans, He never checks their appearance. He looks at their heart.
God Sees Your Heart
Your strengths, family background, education or finances do not matter to God. When He assigns you to do something, He is concerned about the state of your heart and your relationship with Him.
You could be a fisherman, auto rickshaw driver, painter, laborer or caretaker in a kindergarten. But whatever you do, regardless of your status in life, God can bless you when your heart is pure before Him.
The first verse of Psalm 23 clearly shows the condition of David’s heart. It says, “The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”
When David looked after his father’s sheep at an early age, he took responsibility for his work. He loved his father’s sheep more than his own life. And David believed that he was also a sheep of the Great Shepherd, the Lord Almighty. The Lord takes care of His sheep like the apple of His eye, and He provides whatever they need.
“Lord, I am a sheep in Your herd; You are my shepherd. I surrender my life to your hands. I will live for you.” This was David’s decision.
God’s thoughts toward us are good. In your workplace, in your home, in your relationship with your wife and children, in every part of your life, God thinks about your wellbeing.
In our flesh, we depend on our own ability and say, “Let me do it. I am the best.” If we think this and do not depend on the grace of God, then God’s will cannot be fulfilled in our life. But if, like David, you say, “Lord, I am nothing. I don’t have anything,” and surrender yourself to the Lord, then He will do wonders through you.