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 man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The LORD has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the LORD chosen this one.” Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The LORD has not chosen these.” So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features.
Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.”
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 upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah.”
This is part of the passage I preached from today at church. It’s from 1 Samuel 16. Pastor Mark and I did tag team preaching. It was fun. It occurred to me, and I shared some of this in my sermon, that David wasn’t even invited to the consecration service. They were so sure he wasn’t “King Material” that they didn’t bother to invite him. They had to call him in from the fields.
I certainly know the feeling of being left out. I remember feeling left out as a child with the cool kids at school and I know what it’s like to be left out of my chosen career field. I’d be guessing, but you probably know what I’m talking about here. At some point in your life, even if you were the coolest of the cool kids, know the feeling of being on the outside looking in.
I’m reminded today that God chooses me. He chooses me over and over again, just like he chooses you. He hasn’t left you out. He hasn’t excluded you. He is the ever-inclusive cool crowd.
Tonight I’m feeling part of the cool crowd. I’m in, are you?