“What Does God See?”
Series: “But God…” (Part 3 of 4)

6 “When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.’  7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’ 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, ‘The Lord has not chosen this one either.’ 9 Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, ‘Nor has the Lord chosen this one.’ 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, ‘The Lord has not chosen these.’ 11 So he asked Jesse, ‘Are these all the sons you have?’ ‘There is still the youngest,’ Jesse answered. ‘He is tending the sheep.’ Samuel said, ‘Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.’ 12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, ‘Rise and anoint him; this is the one.’ 13 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 Samuel 16:6-13 (NIV)

“A man after my own heart.” -1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22


BUT GOD… is looking at my heart. So…


1. When it comes to sin, have .

“O loving and kind God, have mercy. Have pity upon me and take away the awful stains of my transgressions. Wash me, cleanse me from this guilt. Let me be pure again for I admit my shameful deeds.” -Psalm 51:1-3 (LB)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” -1 John 1:9 (NIV)


2. When it comes to stress, have .

“In my distress I prayed to the Lord. He answered me and rescued me. He is for me. How can I be afraid?” -Psalm 118:5-6 (LB)


3. When it comes to God’s work have .

“David is a man after my own heart. For he will do everything I want him to do.” -Acts 13:22 (NLT)

“I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.” -Psalm 119:10 (NIV)


4. When it comes to success, have .

“In everything David did, he had great success because the Lord was with him.” -1 Samuel 18:14 (NIV)

“To You alone, O Lord, to You alone and not unto us must glory be given.” -Psalm 115:1 (GN)

“The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” -2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV)



Digging Deeper-

READ: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Acts 13:22, Psalm 115:11, 1 John 1:9

1.    Have you ever experienced a “But God” moment? A time when you didn’t know how things we’re going to turn out, or how you we’re going to get out of something “But GOD” showed up and made everything better?



2.    Why do you think God chose David, and not one of his more capable brothers? What was God wanting to communicate through his pick for king?



3.    What do you think 1 Samuel 16:7 means?



4.    If you were David’s brother how would you have felt to watch your little brother get picked?



5.    How can you relate to this story: (a) I’ve felt punished for my sins like Saul, (b) I’ve felt like God has passed me up, (c) I’ve felt left out by people like David, (d) I’ve felt like I’m chosen by God like David?



6.    Of the 4 statements Pastor Tim makes about our hearts, which describes you best and which describes you least?



7.    Understanding that our hearts are important to God, what can you do this week to make your heart more attractive to God? Please ask someone to pray for you for this specific area in your life.





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