David is called 'a man after God's own heart' (1 Samuel 13:14). In David we see several characteristics of a true heart and David points forward to the true king of kings. In 1 Samuel we find that God is the seer of hearts, the breaker of hearts, and the transformer of hearts.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:6-13
- In 1 Samuel 16:7 we see that God does not see as man sees. How is this a comfort and how is it a challenge? How does this truth affect the way you live?
- God is the seer of hearts, the breaker of hearts, and the transformer of hearts. How is your heart?
- After being anointed king, David didn't go burst into the palace and claim his chair. He went back to his sheep (1 Sam 17:19-20)! What does this reveal about his heart?
- In addition to a shepherd's heart, David has a courageous heart. See 1 Samuel 17:24-37. Pay attention to Eliab's accusation against David in 17:28-29. Why do people 'standing on the sidelines' criticize those who are actually in the game? When have you been the critic? How can you respond when this happens to you?
- Look at David's heart of worship in 2 Samuel 6:12-22. How might God call you to be 'undignified?'
- When David was anointed king in 1 Sam 16, he had no idea the hell he would experience in the years to come as Saul betrayed him and tried to kill him (1 Samuel 18:6-14). God enrolled David in 'the school of brokenness.' God uses Sauls to kill the Saul in you. What does the school of brokenness mean to you? Why would a good God want to break David's (or your) heart?
- When there is a 'spear thrower' in your life, how can you respond like David?
- How are you tempted to be a Saul?
David's story is primarily intended to awaken in us a hope for the true king, Jesus. His Kingdom has no end (2 Samuel 7:12-13). Jesus embodies the heart of a shepherd, worship, obedience, humility, brokenness. Jesus allowed the Sauls of this world to kill him and he rose victorious. At the name of Jesus EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!