(10) Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these. (11) And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are these all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel unto Jesse, send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. (12) And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look at, And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. (13) Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up and went to Ramah. (1 Samuel 16: 10-13)
Have you ever felt overlooked and forgotten. Not by God, but by the people around you? If so, here’s the good news your right where God wants you! David was someone in the bible who was both overlooked and forgotten. The Lord instructed the prophet Samuel to go down to Bethlehem to the house of Jesse. So that he may anoint a new king of Israel. This was after the Lord rejected Saul as King, because of his disobedience. Jesse had seven other sons other than David and when Samuel arrived Jesse paraded each of his sons, except for David in front of the prophet. Confident of the fact that it would be one of those who Samuel must have come to anoint. Here’s the thing about being overlooked that a person’s words will never say, but there actions will. Any time someone overlooks you, they’re saying that they don’t consider you worthy or qualified for something in particular. Whether it’s a job, a relationship, a status or even something as simple as recognition. The fact that neither Jesse or any of David’s brothers failed to mention that they had another member of the family out working with the sheep. Shows that they didn’t think enough of him to even invite him to the sacrifice. Even, if they didn’t think that he was the one that Samuel would anoint. One of the reasons why this story is relatable to all of us on some level. Is because we all know what it’s like not to be invited to the sacrifice. In other words we all to some extent knows what it is like to be excluded. Most of us like David knows what it feels like to be left out by those closest to us.
(10) Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these.
Did you notice something about this verse? The word AGAIN jumped out at me, because it tells me that Jesse had his sons parade in front of Samuel for a second time. It was as if Jesse was saying, maybe you missed it. So I’m going to show my sons off to you one more time. Here’s the thing about it though. If the Lord has not chosen you, then he just hasn’t chosen you. You can walk past him a million times, but if he didn’t call you to it. Then we’re basically wasting our time. This scripture also shows me that once again David had been overlooked. Sometimes, we can understand the first time. The second time though. It’s then that we can begin to feel that it is personal. I want to encourage you in this. Man may overlook you and tell you you’re not worthy, but we serve a God who not only looks at the heart, but who also knows what he put in you. What man has overlooked God has chosen!
(11) And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. (12) And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him for this is he.
Here we get to the reason perhaps why David’s own father didn’t consider him. 1.) He was the youngest and 2.) He kept the sheep. Maybe Jesse felt that because of David’s age he would not be able to handle the responsibilities that came with the anointing. The fact that David also kept the sheep was a minus for David not only in his brothers eyes, but also in the eyes of their father as well. Being a shepherd was one of the lowliest jobs that you could have. It was dirty and smelly, but most of all you didn’t have to be highly educated to be a shepherd. The word behold means to see or observe a thing or a person. In essence Jesse was telling Samuel, yes, I have a younger son; but observe that he’s nothing but a shepherd. I didn’t mention him because he’s dirty and he doesn’t fit the mold of what I think that you are looking for. I love what Samuel said to him. Send and fetch him: For we will not sit down till he come hither, This should encourage every one who ever felt left out in some sort of way. You may be asking why should I feel encouraged over being forgotten. Here’s why Samuel told Jesse that we shall not sit down until he comes. Did you catch it. It does not matter who overlooks you, who ignores you, who does not think that your worthy. When God anoints you for something no body can sit until you have arrived. Nobody in David’s family thought that he was even worthy enough to attend the sacrifice, but here’s the thing the sacrifice couldn’t start without him!
Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
I love this! Here’s why. It was the fact that David was anointed in the presence of his brothers. He was anointed to be king in front of the very ones who didn’t see him as nothing more than a shepherd boy! God will anoint you for greater in the midst of those who only view you as small and insignificant. The thing is that I am sure that this wasn’t the first time that David had been overlooked by his family. Sometimes it’s ok to be overlooked, especially in an area where God has not called you to. However, that thing that God has chosen for you to do. No one can overlook you and try to leave you out of it. The scripture says that after David was anointed that the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that they forward. Once the Lord has anointed you for something he is with you. Even in the days where you feel as though he isn’t there. He is. Always.
As I was preparing for this I begin to understand why it had to be David over his brothers who was chosen to be the next king over Israel. Simply because he knew what it was liked to be overlooked and forgotten. As King over the people he had to oversee the needs of everyone. That included the poor and destitute not just the rich and the famous. This is for my people who felt as though they’ve been overlooked their whole lives. God had people to overlook you because when he elevated you to a place of position. It would be so that you would not ignore the cries of those who were once like you. God chose you because you know what it’s like to be made to feel lowly and rejected by those around you. I’ve heard it said many times that the best CEO of a company is the one who started from the ground up, because they can remember what it was like to be an employee. The Scripture says in 1 Samuel 22 when David was on the run from Saul. That everyone who was in distress, in debt, discontented gathered themselves to him (1 Samuel 22:2) My point in telling you this is that sometimes we can regret the fact that we were overlooked in the first place. That we fail to realize that’s what draws people to you. Just be encouraged in the fact that you may have been overlooked by people, but you were chosen by God!