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David: A Man After God’s Own Heart – Sermon #2
1 Samuel 16:14-23
HOW GOD BUILDS A KING
Intro: At one point in his life, King Saul had been used of the Lord to accomplish great things. Yet, these verses find the king living through desperate days. Because of Saul’s rebellion, God removed His Spirit from the king and allowed an evil spirit to torment him. Saul was gripped by depression, v. 23, and violent mood swings, 1 Sam. 18:8-12; 19:9-10. In an effort to help their master, Saul’s servants suggested that he find someone who was skilled on the harp. It was thought that music might calm the spirit of King Saul, v. 16. It has been said that, “music hath charms to soothe the savage beast,” and apparently it worked with Saul, v. 23. It is against this backdrop of depression, madness and spiritual tragedy that David is once again thrust onto the stage.
David had already been anointed to be the next king of
I am interested in this today because it is these same four tools that God uses when He seeks to train us. You see, God did not save us to leave us as He found us. He saved us to change us, 2 Cor. 5:17. Specifically, He saved us to transform us into the image of His Son, into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ, Rom. 8:28; Eph. 4:11-13. To accomplish this, God uses certain tools in your life and mine. These tools are perfectly suited to the work of transformation. Let’s take a few minutes this evening to look into these verses and observe the tools God uses as He seeks to build Himself a king. I want to preach on the subject: How God Builds A King.
It was on the lonely hills of
B. Of course, many in our day have no idea what its like to be alone with God. It seems they have trouble being alone. They cannot survive without noise, without activity and without the company of others. I would suggest to you that if you have trouble being alone with yourself that you probably have some issues with your inner life that need to be dealt with.
C. Jesus Christ sought time to be alone with His Father.
Ø Mark 1:35, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Ø Luke 4:42, “And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them.
Ø Luke 6:12, “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Ø John 6:15, “When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.
D. If the Son of God saw the value and needed the benefit of being alone with the Lord, how much more do we need that kind of intimacy with the Father? We should not fear the times of solitude, when God shuts us off with Himself. It is in the times of solitude that we learn to hear His voice and walk with Him. It is in the times of solitude that God prepares us for greater things! Therefore, make the time and take the time to get alone with God, away from the hustle and bustle of life. Find you a place where you can commune with God in secret; a place where you can hear His voice without all the distractions of life clamoring for your attention. God uses the tool of solitude.
II. v. 18 GOD USES THE TOOL OF SECRECY
A. Before David would ever sit on the throne and
rule the nation of
B. God always trains His people in private
before He uses them in public. Before
Elijah stood in power on
C. Therefore, we should never despise the days of obscurity. We all have lofty dreams. We all want to be used greatly by the Lord. We want God to do through us what we have heard of Him doing through others. But, we must also realize that it may not be God’s will for us to do what others have done! God knows where we are and in His time, He will use us when, where and to the extent He chooses.
am convinced that some of those who are big dogs in their own eyes and in the
eyes of others will have to step aside as some of the unknown saints of God
move to the head of the line on judgment day.
I am convinced that some of God’s greatest rewards are reserved for
those precious saints who have labored in the secret closets of prayer. He has
saved His best for those who have gone unnoticed, unrecognized, unacknowledged
and unappreciated. He has something
special waiting on those who have carried the load and borne the burden for
others. He will not forget those who
have paid the price in prayer and sacrificed their all for the cause of Christ! Men may never see you in that secret place,
but God will not forget you, ever! (
Therefore, carry on precious saints of God! There is a payday someday. God may use you in a public way and He may not, but as He trains you in your secret place, He is getting glory to Himself and that is all that matters!
III. v. 11, 19, 17:15 GOD USES THE TOOL OF SAMENESS
A. There can be little doubt that day blended into day as David went about the monotony of keeping his Father’s sheep. Countless days, endless routines, the same things day in and day out. This is what marked the life of David. But, it was in the monotonous routine of life that David learned to be a man of God. It was there, alone one those mountains, doing the same things day after day that David learned the priceless lessons of faithfulness. David applied himself to the task of giving his best during the mundane times of life. Then, when God promoted him, he did not have to learn to be faithful; he already knew how. He did not have to learn responsibility; he had already learned that lesson. God used the unending monotony of the routine to shape David for greater things.
B. The same is true for us. Often day blends into day and see our lives as nothing but a boring, monotonous existence. What we fail to see is that God is working, even during the routine times of our lives. As life unfolds, day upon changeless day, we learn to be faithful in the little things; we learn to be faithful to God. As we learn faithfulness in the seemingly insignificant areas of Life, God will expand our level of responsibility, Matthew 25:21, “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. When life seems like drudgery, just keep walking faithfully with God; He is preparing you for greater things.
C. Therefore, let me encourage you to remain faithful in the little things. For, in the final analysis, the little things are the foundation of our lives. Keep praying, even when it appears that He isn’t hearing. Keep going to church, even when it seems nothing much is happening. Keep giving, even when it gets tight financially. Keep living for Jesus, day in and day out, refuse to turn back or waiver from following him. In His time, He will bless you and reward you for being faithful during the routine times of life.
IV. 17:34-37; 40-51 GOD USES THE TOOL OF STRUGGLE
A. David’s life was not all about the mundane and the routine. We hear him tell about encounters he had with a lion and bear, 1 Sam. 17:34-37. We watch as he walks alone into a valley and kills a giant named Goliath, 1 Sam. 17:40-51. We see him ignored, 1 Sam. 16:11; criticized, 1 Sam. 17:28 and underestimated, 1 Sam. 17:33; 43-44. We can even see him as he is hated and pursued by King Saul, 1 Sam. 18:8-12; 19:9-10. God used the classroom of adversity as a valuable tool designed to teach David about the power, provision and providence of God.
There are times when the monotony of our lives is shattered by the harsh
blows of adversity. God’s purpose in
those times is not to hurt us, but to grow us, 2 Cor. 4:15-17; Rom. 8:28-29.
He desires to teach us patience, faith and dependence upon Him. In order to do that, He sends us trials and
adversity. After all, nothing teaches us
more about the love, faithfulness and power of God than having Him safely lead
us through one of life’s valleys. (
God allowed David to walk through some hard places so that He might use
him in the future in a greater fashion.
God hones us on the rough stone of affliction, so that we might be used
of Him in a greater way,
Conc: As David was honed upon the wheel of life, God was shaping the boy into the man who would become king. Verse 18 gives a glimpse of the man David would one day become. Here, we can see some of the attributes that marked David’s life. These same attributes ought to be true of us as well. Why? These are the characteristics God wishes to develop in each of our lives. These attributes were cultivated using the four tools we have discussed this evening.
1. He Is Was A Skilled Man The word cunning means an artist, faithful and trustworthy in his art. It refers to those who are “wise, capable, resourceful in every facet of conduct. David learned all of the skills he would need as king while he watched his sheep. God uses the tools we have mentioned to teach us the skills we need to be used of Him.
2. He Is Was A Strong Man When David is called a mighty, valiant man, a man of war it refers to courage he had developed as he led the flocks in the hard places. As he fought off the lions and the bears; and as he defended the flock against the Philistines; he was shaped by the hand of the Lord, and David demonstrated the attribute of great courage. This trait was another crafted in David’s life by the tools we have discussed. This courage would serve David well as king.
He Is Was A Shrewd Man The phrase prudent in matters means
4. He Is Was A Striking Man David is said to be comely.” This refers to his physical appearance as well as the overall manner in which he presented himself. David had an air about him that drew men to him. He was a beautiful, glowing person who commanded reverence and praise. He was the kind of person you wanted to be around. Where did he learn this? He learned it in the anvil of life and God applied His various tools and shaped David for His glory.
5. He Is Was A Sanctified Man Davids greatest attribute was the fact that the Lord is with Him.” David was a consecrated man who moved through life with the breath of Heaven on him. Not only was he a special person outwardly, but he was a special person inwardly as well. He heart was as refined as his body. The is another characteristic that was forged in the furnaces of Solitude, Secrecy, Sameness and Struggle. It is this characteristic that enabled David to become “a man after God’s Own heart.”
Does God have you in His workshop this evening? Is He developing your life into a life of honor for His glory? Whatever tools the Lord may be applying to your life this evening, let me encourage you to yield to Him. He isn’t trying to harm you; He is trying to develop Himself within your life. He is taking you and shaping you into His image for His glory.
As you look at the life you are living; can you recognize the qualities that marked David’s life in your own? Can you see the evidence of God’s work in you like you ought to? If you can see room for improvement in your own life, then I challenge you to come before the Lord and ask Him to work on you. If you have been struggling against His work in your life, then I challenge you to come and submit to Him right now. God is in the business of building kings. What is He doing in your life?