Standing Out Among the Rest
And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
Something made David stand out among the rest. When Saul rebelled against God’s commandment, God looked for someone who He wanted to lead His people. One man stood out among all of Israel, and that person was David. Was it that David was sinless? No, David was a sinner like everyone else. Was it that David was talented? No, there was no special talent that the Scriptures describe David as having. Was it that David had a great personality? No, the Scriptures never one time described his personality. Was it that David came from a golden-spoon lineage? No, David’s family was like every other family in Israel. The Scriptures never tell us that his brothers held rank in the king’s army. However, two things caused David to stand out in God’s eyes that moved Him to anoint him as king of Israel.
First, David was a man after God’s heart. David pursued winning the heart of God. David lived his life trying to be close to God. He not only wanted to be close to God, but he wanted God’s heart to be his. This is key! David wanted to have the heart of God so he could do the right thing; he did not want his heart to influence what he did, so he spent much time with God to have God’s heart.
Second, David desired to fulfill ALL of God’s will. David was willing to surrender his will for God’s will. David made it his life to make sure that he did everything God wanted him to do. He didn't want to do part of God’s will but all of God’s will. David longed to please God and to do His will for his life.
The key to these two things is that David did these things BEFORE he had position. David did not say that he would do these things so that God would give him position; David did these despite not having position. David did not bargain with God to do these things if He would bless him; David did these things before God’s blessings. These two things grabbed God’s attention, but what grabbed God’s attention was that David was doing these things though he thought nobody was watching.
Do you want to stand out among the rest? Do you want God to notice you? The key to getting God to notice you is to pursue His heart for the purpose of pursuing His heart. Don't pursue the heart of God so that you can get position or notoriety, but pursue the heart of God because you desire to have His heart influence all that you do. Psalm 37:4 says, Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. To have God’s heart is done by delighting in God through His Word and prayer. When you delight in God, He will replace your heart with His. It is not delighting in God so you can get something from God that grabs God’s attention, but it is delighting in God because you want to delight in Him that gets His attention.
Moreover, doing all of God’s will for the purpose of doing all of His will without a desire for position will cause you to stand out in God’s eyes. Many are waiting for God to give them position before they do His will when God looks for people who will do His will for the purpose of pleasing Him. You will easily stand out in God’s eyes if you will do all of God’s will for no other reason than to please God.