Read 1 Samuel 16:1-17:58
David comes to us as a man highly acclaimed. The Lord refers to him as “a man after His own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14). Even before taking the throne, those in the kingdom of Israel lauded him by saying, “Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands.” (1 Sam. 18:7) God promised this man that one from his lineage would reign as king forever (1 Chronicles 17:14).
Even though we know the glorious outcomes, we must remind ourselves that David’s story is also one of transformation. There was a day when he was the unlikely pick for the roles and tasks ahead. He was not the obvious giant slayer or ruler. Even though he was young, healthy, and handsome (1 Sam. 16:12), God’s choice of him as the future king was not evident. In fact, as Samuel went out to anoint the incumbent king, the Lord had to remind him, “People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7b) David, you see, was not the obvious choice. He wasn’t the oldest boy in the family. In fact, he was the youngest of eight. And, even though he wasn’t a paper boy, his role as shepherd was not the most highly respected of all the possible “jobs” of his day.
But there was something that happened at His anointing that transformed him into Israel’s future king. “So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David.” (1 Sam. 16:13)
Friends, God’s transformation of you and me will include this same kind of divine influence. But, if we are Christ followers, we don’t have to wait for a mystical experience when the “Spirit of the Lord comes upon” us. The New Testament is clear that Christ followers have the ongoing, indwelling presence of the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:19). He is the one that is ready to transform you, changing your life from one characterized by the deeds of the flesh to one demonstrating the fruit of His Spirit (Gal. 5:19-23). If we walk humbly, submissively, and sensitively to the Spirit, we will see our lives transformed.