Perhaps it is because he was a worshipper and a psalmist. I can relate to that. He wanted to know God intimately and to bless Him.
Although he made some huge mistakes in his life, the priority of his relationship with God never changed. Even after incredible sin, he found redemption and forgiveness, and God still called him a man after His own heart.
I have to believe that this relationship started when he was a lad caring for his father’s flocks. David must have spent long hours playing and singing and worshiping the Lord as he shepherded the flock. He became a skillful minstrel and psalmist as he developed his intimate relationship with the Lord.
When we first meet David he was more than likely a teenager – ruddy and young. Saul had been rejected by God as king, and Samuel was on a mission to find the next king of Israel.
You may recall that Israel had begged God for a king, and Samuel the prophet had tried to plead with them to understand that God was their king, but their voices prevailed.
After just two years of reigning over Israel, he went against the word of the prophet Samuel and offered a burnt offering - which was not his job. That was the job of Samuel the prophet. Just as he completed the offering, Samuel came and proclaimed the judgment of God on Saul.
Even after this, Saul rebels again, and fails to obey the Lord as he was commanded. Samuel has to once again confront him, and the Lord tells Samuel, "I greatly regrest that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments."
It grieved Samuel and he wept all that night long. The next day he delivers the devastating news to Saul of God’s rejection of him as king.
Samuel clandestinely (for fear of Saul) goes to David’s home town of Bethlehem, to the house of David's father Jesse, of the tribe of Judah to anoint a king.
In those days, it was not a light thing for a prophet of God to come and visit a town. It was especially not a small thing that the prophet Samuel had come to town.
When he spoke, it was the word of the Lord, and what he said came to pass. At his word Israel trembled. In fact, when he enters Bethlehem, the elders of the city ask him if he came there peaceably! So this is a BIG deal!
There was something about David's heart that pleased the Lord. God saw something in David that He really liked. So much so, that He called Him a man after His own heart, and told Samuel to anoint him as King of Israel.
For a moment, imagine yourself as the youngest son in a family with seven older brothers. You are out caring for the flocks as usual, minding your p's and q's because you have seven older brothers who will thump you if you mess up. (Remember what happened to Joseph?)
Suddenly someone from your father’s house comes running and tells you that Samuel the Prophet has come and needs to see you immediately - Yikes!
As David walked in front of Samuel, and the Lord tells Samuel, this is the one!
“And the Lord said, ‘Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!’ Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came on David from that day forward.” 1 Samuel 16:12-13
More to come...