The Shepherd Boy
The story of God choosing the shepherd boy David, is a familiar one and a great reminder of how God sees people differently to the way man does. God rejected the obvious choices.
I love the encouragement in the way this story is usually told, that ordinary, normal me is seen by God as something more, but what about David?
Through this whole process there is no speech recorded from David, in fact he does not seem to speak until he is on the battlefield. When he does speak it is a statement of faith in God, and we get a glimpse of why there are no words recorded before.
David takes one look at this Goliath and says with an air of how dare you, “Who is this Philistine that he should defy the armies of God?” (1 Samuel 17:26). In this one statement David declares whose he is, who Israel belongs to and his confidence in God’s sovereignty over all.
David does not question his anointing as King because he trusts God. He leaves his sheperding at the request of Saul and then remains in his service, because he trusts God. When battle breaks out David runs between helping his father with the sheep and reamining in service to Saul, whilst also running food parcels to his brothers, because he trusts God.
David is so in tune with the Spirit of God upon him that he needs only obey the requests of those around him, knowing that his confidence is in God who directs his steps. No matter whether it is as King, Shepherd or errand boy, he knows that God is the one in control of his life.
Confident in God
He comes across as almost disbelieving that Israel would hesitate in battle considering they are covered by God, he is so sure of his protection by God.
He goes on to to explain this to Saul (1 Samuel 17:31-37) – He knows that God will protect him because he has done so in the past, there is no hesitation. If God calls him to be King he will go, if God leads him into service to Saul he goes, if God protects him when lions attack he will surely protect him in the face of ungodly men.
David may have been the smallest, the youngest, the most unlikely to be chosen as King, but he has the biggest heart for God, the greatest faith and an unwavering assurance of God in his life.
When we read this story we focus on how God chooses the unlikely but I challenge you to read it again and think about David going about his job as a Shepherd with a faith stronger than any warrior.