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Embrace God’s Perspective     1 Sam. 16:1-13     Oct. 12-08


       Can we really see our world from God’s perspective and tell how He is leading? Someone said to a Christian, “you just claim that the Lord leads you, I think it is just coincidence.” The Christian answered, “maybe you’re right, but I find the more I pray the more of what you call coincidences, happens in my life.” All Christians dedicated to the ways of God, will know and do their best to Embrace God’s Perspective.


1.   Embrace God’s Perspective Following His . . Supervision. 16:1-5

       A.   Supervision With . . Aggressive Leadership. 16:1

            1 The Lord said to Samuel, "How long are you going to mourn for Saul, since I have rejected
him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem because

I have selected a king from his sons."


       B.   Supervision With . . Anointing Leadership. 16:2-3

            2 Samuel asked, "How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me!" The Lord answered,
"Take a young cow with you and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.' 3 Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will let you know what you are to do. You are to anoint for Me the one I indicate to you."


       C.   Supervision With . . Assuring Leadership. 16:4-5

        4 Samuel did what the Lord directed and went to Bethlehem. When the elders of the town met
him, they trembled and asked, "Do you come in peace?" 5 "In peace," he replied. "I've come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice." Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

       God desires action from His children, and Samuel mourned Saul’s downfall, evidently, longer than God intended. God wanted him to move with an aggressive activity. He knew who He wanted to anoint for the next king and planned to share His perspective with Samuel. If we walk with the Lord we can expect an unveiling of His perspective in our lives and churches. God led Samuel and he gave an assurance to the people that he was under the Lord’s direction. Samuel conveyed this assurance in his total demeanor. Does God know where we are and how to get to us? Please note God knew Jesse, his sons, and his location. So it should not be surprising to us that God knows our whereabouts.                                                                                        


2.   Embrace God’s Perspective Following His . . Selection. 16:6-10

       A.   Selection Assuming The Significance Of . . Physical Attributes. 16:6-7

            6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and said, "Certainly the Lord's anointed one is here
before Him." 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or his stature, because
I have rejected him. Man does not see what the Lord sees, for man sees what is visible, but the Lord
sees the heart."


       B.   Selection Assuming The Significance Of . . Parental Assumption. 16:8-10

            8 Jesse called Abinadab and presented him to Samuel. "The Lord hasn't chosen this one

either," Samuel said. 9 Then Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said, "The Lord hasn't chosen this
one either." 10 After Jesse presented seven of his sons to him, Samuel told Jesse, "The Lord hasn't
chosen any of these."

       We too often look at physical attributes rather than spiritual qualities. God’s perspective does not first consider the physical, but note verse 12 describes David’s physical appearance as handsome. Jesse seems to be giving his ideas for Samuel’s anointing but parental assumptions do not automatically indicate God’s perspective. The physical nor the parental serve as the basis to qualify or disqualify. God selected David from a heart perspective. He can see the motive where we cannot. However if we really walk close to the Lord He will reveal His thoughts to us.



3.   Embrace God’s Perspective Following His . . Sanctioning. 16:11-13

       A.   Sanctioning Depending On The Lord’s . . Choice. 16:11-12

            11 Samuel asked him, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," he
answered, "but right now he's tending the sheep." Samuel told Jesse, "Send for him. We won't sit down
to eat until he gets here." 12 So Jesse sent for him. He had beautiful eyes and a healthy, handsome
appearance. Then the Lord said, "Anoint him, for he is the one."


       B.   Sanctioning Depending On The Lord’s . . Control. 16:13

            13 So Samuel took the horn of oil, anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and the Spirit

of the Lord took control of David from that day forward. Then Samuel set out and went to Ramah.

       While attending seminary I remember Grady Wilson, Billy Graham’s Associate, saying the president of one of our other seminaries asked Billy why he thought God used him so effectively. Grady further related that the seminary president said to Billy, “I think you are a very good preacher, but we have several really good preachers in this school. It must be something besides just the ability to preach.” He then said Billy told the president, “It is just the hand of God, I cannot explain it other than that.” Why David for the king? We may find evidence of his walk with the Lord and his dependence upon Him. However God’s sanctioning of David for the position of king makes all the difference. David was God’s choice! From the beginning David lived under the influence and power of the Spirit who took control. For most of David’s life he submitted to the Lord, and desired to Embrace God’s Perspective. The same is true for all of us! Amen? Amen!