Daily Devotion

A KING WITH HEART

DEVOTIONS FOR BUSY DISCIPLES
 
A KING WITH HEART
 
He had an impressive exterior (1 Samuel 9:1-2). He was selected as the first king over God’s people. Saul’s arrogance became his downfall (13:9-14a).
 
God was now determined to find a “man after his own heart” (v.14b). So the search began through Samuel the priest for the next king.
 
God directed Samuel to the home of Jesse in Bethlehem (16:1a). The next king would come from among his eight sons (v.1b).
 
The oldest son was brought first. Samuel was impressed with his exterior appearance, but God reminded His priest that His choice was centered on the heart (vv.6-7).
 
Seven sons passed before Samuel. None had God’s nod of approval. When confronted, Jesse had to admit he had omitted his youngest son—who was out shepherding the sheep (v.11).
 
David, the last son, was chosen (vv.12-13). Beyond his handsome exterior, David’s inner heart was his God-pleasing qualification. Yes, David was a king with heart. God desires the same in kingdom leaders today.
 
A PAUSE FOR PRAYER—
 
            Oh God, may we be found worthy when You examine our humble
            Hearts dedicated to You. Amen