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“God’s Choice: Based on Our Heart’s Response”
The public anointing of David by Samuel was just a confirmation of David’s heart response to God earlier. You see, God already investigated David’s heart and saw a heart that was loyal and fully committed to Him.
When someone is called, what we do is give them the ministry titles, and it is merely confirming what God has already done in that person’s heart.
God’s call and the anointing for service is conditioned upon our heart’s response to His call.
David had a believing heart. Yes, he was a sinner, and did some bad stuff, but he always knew of God’s grace and constant guidance watching over him as that Great Shepherd, which is at the start of the great Shepherd Psalm, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)
David wasn’t one of those fair weathered, rocky soil, believers, when things don’t go their way they get blown away. The seed was planted deep within the good soil of his heart. In Psalm 57 David talks about how he was surrounded by those who wanted to eat him alive. But he also talked about God’s saving grace, and then he makes this wonderful statement.
“My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.” (Psalm 57:7)
David heart was fixed upon God, not upon the circumstances.
And so, God’s choice is based upon our heart’s response to His love. So, how have we been doing? Hopefully, our heart has responded in the affirmative and we accepted God’s gracious gift of His love through His Son, Jesus Christ. But what about now?
Consider David’s heart when he prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).
How do we respond when God reveals our sin? When God revealed David’s sin, he repented.
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