Once while visiting President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the White House, Wendell Willkie, who had run against him and lost, steered the conversation to the choice of Harry Hopkins as an intimate advisor to the president. He asked, "Why do you keep Hopkins so close to you? You surely must realize that people distrust him and resent his influence."
Without hesitation, Roosevelt replied, "Someday you may well be sitting here where I am now as president of the United States. And when you are, you'll be looking at that door over there and knowing that practically everybody who walks through it wants something out of you. You'll learn what a lonely job this is and discover the need for somebody like Harry Hopkins who asks for nothing except to serve you."
David wanted nothing more than to worship the Lord and be close to Him.
The same thing can be said of David. When Samuel first saw him, he almost questioned God's judgment. The Lord's choice for Israel's future king was the youngest of Jesse's sons. He was ruddy in appearance and did not look like kingly material. But Samuel wasn't able to see David from God's perspective.
Many times, for us to gain God's perspective, we have to be willing to let go of our limited and often personality-skewed viewpoint. David was a man whose heart was devoted to God. He wanted nothing more than to worship the Lord and be close to Him.
Most of the book of Psalms was penned by David. Many entries were written while he tended his father's sheep. He was a content man because he had learned how to practice the presence of God. It was there in his father's fields that he realized God's hand was on his life.
God has a plan for your life, but to see it unfold, you have to trust Him and rest in Him.
David was loyal and faithful. And God knew that whatever happened in this young man's life, he would never abandon his godly faith.
Prayer: Lord, make me like David—a person with a heart devoted only to You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty" (Psalm 91:1).