The Hebrew word for warrior in the Bible is, “Gibbor” (strong, mighty, valiant, passionate).
Acts 13:22 – “He raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.”
1. The Story Before The Story
(1 Samuel 8:1-15:35)
1 Samuel 8:3 – “Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice.”
2. A Deeper Look Into God’s Selection Process
1 Samuel 16:1 – “Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”
1 Samuel 16:2 – And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’”
1 Samuel 16:6 – When they came, he looked at Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord's anointed is before Him.”
1 Samuel 16:7 – But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:11 – Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.”
1 Samuel 16:12-13 – And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.
What matters most to the world?
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 – “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.”
What matters most to God?
• The Spiritual Condition of Our Heart
1 Samuel 16:7 – “The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Proverbs 4:23 – “Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.” (NLT)
What does the condition of your heart affect?
• My thoughts (mind)
• My will – my deepest commitments and values (heart)
• My feelings – (gut)
• My decisions
3. Six Questions To Examine Your Heart
• Who are you when no one else is looking?
Psalm 78:72 – “…shepherded the people of Israel according the integrity of his heart.”
• How do you respond when God says wait?
1 Samuel 13:14 – “But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”
Isaiah 30:18 – “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!”
• How do you treat those who have done you wrong?
1 Peter 2:21-23 – “For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in His steps. He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when He was insulted, nor threaten revenge when He suffered. He left His case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.”
• How do you handle life's small assignments?
Luke 16:10 – “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”
• Are you willing to do God's will?
Acts 13:22 – “I have found in David, the son of Jesse, a man after my heart, who will do all my will.”
• How do you respond when you've sinned?
Proverbs 28:13 – “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
1 John 1:8-9 – “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Question: What is God looking for?
2 Chronicles 16:9 – “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.”