Samuel Anoints David

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1 Samuel 15:1-35, 1 Samuel 16:1-23, Ruth 4:18-22, Luke 6:45

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 15:1-35, 1 Samuel 16:1-23, Ruth 4:18-22, Luke 6:45

About the time my future groom and I started looking at rings, a story circulated through my college dorm that put many of us hopeful brides-to-be on high alert. Whether true or simply an urban legend, I can’t say. But long after my now-husband popped the question, the story has stuck with me. It goes like this…

A handsome young man decided to propose to a beautiful girl. He told her that since they were poor college kids, he could not afford much of a ring. He proposed with a small cubic zirconia, a manufactured replacement for a real diamond. But secretly, he purchased a beautiful, expensive, whopper of a diamond and planned to have it put in the setting for their wedding day. But when the blushing bride-to-be discovered her ring was a fake, she demanded the real thing. The groom was so turned off by her shallow behavior that he broke off the engagement. Only then did the girl learn that he’d planned all along to take her breath away with a real diamond.

In 1 Samuel, we find a similar tale of fake worth and diamonds in the rough. Saul had been anointed as the first king of Israel. He seemed to have it all, but it didn’t take long for his façade to crack. Saul was deeply flawed. His dependence on the Lord turned out to be counterfeit, and in 1 Samuel 15, the Lord rejected Saul as king of Israel.

Israel’s prophet, Samuel, was grieved by Saul’s failings. I imagine he might have felt like that bride-to-be, who thought her boyfriend had bought her a diamond only to discover she’d been given a chunk of glass. But God was like the groom with something better tucked away. Despite Israel’s long history of doubting God, He planned to replace Saul with a king so good he’d become the measuring stick for all other kings to come.

At the Lord’s prompting, Samuel went to the house of Jesse looking for a new king. Jesse had  eight sons and he paraded all but the youngest in front of Samuel. Each time, the Lord said “no.” Samuel was baffled by God’s rejection of such strong, capable men. God’s explanation put a magnifying glass over Samuel’s heart.

But the Lᴏʀᴅ said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or his stature, because I have rejected him. Humans do not see what the Lᴏʀᴅ sees, for humans see what is visible, but the Lᴏʀᴅ sees the heart.’”
– 1 Samuel 16:7

David didn’t look like a king. His father thought so little of him that he didn’t even bring him in from the field. But God chose him. Beneath an unimpressive exterior, God saw treasures in David’s heart.

We can’t polish ourselves pretty enough to create our own worth. But God mines for value in each of our hearts.


Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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78 thoughts on "Samuel Anoints David"

  1. Abigail Woodall says:

    I am loving how, as I dig deeper into the Old Testament, the more I see Christ and the gospel. God is so so good!

  2. Audrey Flores says:

    Wow! The story of David is challenging everything I thought I knew about David and God. It’s so humbling and full of love! I love how the Lord places David next to Saul. David even comforted Saul! The man after God’s heart comforted the one who rejected God. I feel that’s my calling as well. To use my faith not to just comfort myself but others in my life and bring them to know Jesus’s love. This bring such comfort to me.

    1. Momma Mia says:

      Thanks, Audrey!! I didn’t even pick up on that! What an amazing example of what God wants from us! Now that I’m thinking of it this way – it’s also awesome to see that even though Saul was struggling with some type of evil – and even though God rejected him as the King of Israel – He still provided peace and comfort to Saul, through David. Lord, help me to provide peace and comfort to all those you put in my path. No matter their outward appearance and certainly no matter what type of struggles and demons they may be dealing with. You are always there with your Spirit of Comfort for those who need of you. Help me to show that spirit to those you put in my path. In Jesus name I pray His will be done; in all way and all things. Amen. And Selah.

  3. Wyneisha Kinsey says:

    I’m absolutely loving this bible study and am learning so much about the connection between call, heart, and humility. I really thank God for His Word.

  4. Stacy Becker says:

    I was so enthralled reading today! The conversation is so tangible and frankly kinda of reality-TV-ish! There is such excitement over David and even though Saul did not follow orders, his crown was taken, and he was smitten with unpleasant feelings God showed him GRACE via David.

  5. Gracye says:

    Which came first, the problem or the sotiulon? Luckily it doesn’t matter.

  6. Becca says:

    And Samuel said, “Though you are little in your own eyes, are you not the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel.

    I think this is really key for Saul’s personality. He never chose to be king and even at this stage, he doesn’t seem to appreciate the responsibility that comes with it. He is a role model for all the people of Israel and if he doesn’t do quite right, it matters.

    How many times have we thought, oh I’m not really anyone important, what I do doesn’t matter. Whether false humility or not knowing our true identity, we are selling ourselves short and denying others the opportunity to learn from God’s work in our lives.