If you guessed that the “Middle Eastern farm boy” was an Israelite shepherd boy; that this boy became King Saul’s armor bearer (“the commanding officer’s aide”); that—after King Saul died in battle—this young man became the king of Israel . . . then you know that this mystery person is
the most influential and revered king of Israel—and the most illustrious ancestor of Christ.
How did this all happen? I mean, so many obstacles stood in the way of his destiny. It took God’s supernatural intervention time after time to position David as ruler of Israel and to keep him there.
God’s first (very touching) action was sending the prophet Samuel to locate this young “nobody” and secretly anoint him as the future king of Israel. This was complicated by the fact that David was out tending the family’s sheep and his father didn’t bother to call for him. He only presented his seven oldest sons to the prophet. But God “found” David anyway.
“People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass (Psalm 37:5).
There’s a dramatic song about this incident. As you listen to it, you can imagine it’s about you. Believe that God knows you. He sees you differently than others do. He knows where you are and how to get you where you need to be.