1 Sam 16:1-23
After Samuel had mourned a while for Saul, God told him to go to Bethlehem to anoint a new king, a man whom he had chosen himself. Samuel was led to the house of Jesse, as one of his sons would be the new king, but the excat one was not yet know. So Samuel told Jesse to gather all his sons for a sacrifice.
On seeing Eliab the first son, Samuel thought to himself, this must be the Lord’s anointed, because Eliab was well built. God however told Samuel, No! Man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart. As human beings, we could easily be deceived by the appearance of things, by the container and not the content. The whole cosmetic industry play on this weakness of man to think beauty is a matter of what the eye could see. How are you appraising people and things around you, by sight alone?
After Eliab, all the other sons came along, but God did not chose any of them. The Samuel asked Jesse if he still had any other sons, at which he mentioned David, who had been looking after the sheep in the field. When David came, God told Samuel he was the one, and he went ahead and anointed him with oil in the presence of his brethren (cf Ps 23:5). The rejected rock has indeed become the cornerstone. God found David out even from the fields, and honoured him in the sight of his brethren.
The passage concluded by showing us how David got to the palace. Saul was being troubled by an evil spirit, and his men recommended he got someone who could play the harp so that such could help wade off the evil spirit with his music ability. David was recommended as a skill young man, valiant and a man of war. On getting to the palace, Saul loved him and requested that his father allowed him him to stay in the palace. So, whenever the evil spirit troubled Saul, David would play and Saul was relieved.
God works everything out for the good of those who love him, those who have been called according to his purpose.
Some verses to remember
Vs 7: But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
Vs 13: Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.
Vs 18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.