Day 8 - David: Chosen as a shepherd boy but destined to be King


Read: 1 Samuel 17:34-36

THEME: We know that God is able to select whomever He wants to do whatever He chooses. He can also raise, mould and empower the least of us to do more than we can ask or imagine. Occasionally we get a glimpse of what catches His attention.

It seems that David only just made it through Samuel’s selection process. Samuel knew he was in the right town with the right family, it was just that no-one was presenting him with the right son! To his family David was just an afterthought but to God David was a man after His own heart.

So what had God seen in David when the young man was tucked out of sight for days on end caring for Jesse’s sheep? It was not just his songs. Although a young man who could worship God and look after sheep at the same time was bound to catch God’s attention. There was also an extraordinary level of care, strong enough to have him chasing off bears and lions in a way that went beyond youthful enthusiasm.

To David, the sheep mattered, and in the face of that nothing was too intimidating. He knew how to look to the Lord and how to fulfil his responsibilities in a way that put his challenges into perspective.

Let us not be intimidated as we look to the Lord in the midst of our responsibilities.