Just imagine David out in rich grassy fields watching over the family's sheep. As he is watching over them one day, a bear suddenly rears it's ugly head, its jaws dripping with anticipation of a tasty little lamb. He didn't reckon on a shepherd who really cared about his flock and suddenly this bear was torn apart with the bare hands of the handsome young shepherd. It must have been an incredible sight to see the fur flying as young David took care of that bear. The same thing happened to the hungry lion who had the audacity to try to get one of those delicious meals. He ended up torn apart with David's bare hands just like the bear.
Meanwhile, Samuel is with David's parents and inquiring about his sons. Here's an interesting side note. David's grandmother's name was Rahab, who was a prostitute. The first part of her name "Ra" is an Egyptian God. Her name means several things including, "Broad" or "Spacious". She is the wife of Salomon, one of the two spies she sheltered when the walls of Jericho came down. The walls were pushed down by the big warrior angels I described in my message this last Sunday.
She was the mother of Boaz, who married Ruth, whose son Obed had a son Jesse, whose son is David, who is in the line of Jesus. I think this is so interesting to remember the story of how Rahab was told to put a red ribbon in the window of her house and invite all her relatives into her house. They would all be saved when the Israelites came in to fight when the walls of Jericho were pushed down flat. This is a beautiful foreshadowing of how Jesus is no respecter of persons, and would eventually come to save us all.
Poor Samuel came to the home of Jesse in fear for his life if Saul found out. He asked to see all the boys that Jesse had. When he saw the first boy, Eliab and thought "Surely the Lords annointed is before me. But God said to Samuel these wonderful words of encouragement to all of us, "Do not look at his appearance or his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
In the Message Bible it says, "Looks aren't everything. Samuel went through all of Jesse's sons and bluntly said, "God hasn't chosen any of these boys! Don't you have any more boys? And Jesse said, "Yes, there's the runt, but he's out tending sheep."
To me it kind of sounds like Jesse had so many boys that he was worn out with keeping track of them and poor David ended up being ignored. His dad probably didn't know about the bear and the lion that David killed protecting the sheep. His brothers didn't even realize the kind of boy their runt of a brother was! They probably laughed at him because he was a musician and didn't realize the strength he had developed out in the fields.
What a surprise to Samuel to see this youngster, the very picture of health, bright eyed and good looking. God said to Samuel, "Up on your feet! Annoint him! He's the one!"
Samuel took his flask of oil and annointed David with all his brothers standing around watching. The Spirit of God entered David like a rush of wind, God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life. The name "David" means "beloved." David was beloved of God. He was described as a "man after God's own heart." I believe it is because he sought after God.
Now the same thing can be true of us as we seek to honor God first and love Him with all our hearts. I believe all of us can be people after God's own heart as we love Him and praise Him and put Him first in our lives.