David wasn’t considered by his family as the one right candidate for Samuel’s anointing. He was busy caring for the sheep while a ceremony was ongoing at home.
So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord ’s anointed is before Him!” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. 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 upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah. I Samuel 16:6-13 NKJV
When it was clear to Samuel that God had rejected all the brothers/other sons of Jesse, he sent for David. At first the Lord said not to look at appearances but the heart. Now notice when David is brought, he is described as ruddy, with beautiful eyes and good looking.
When God chooses someone, He makes your appearance change. He uplifts you. You cannot be the same person. He makes other to notice things that were perhaps not visible.
Samuel anointed him in the presence of others. When God chooses you, He doesn’t anoint you privately. He brings you in front of others to anoint you. He makes you known.
And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’ Acts 13:22 NKJV
When David was going through a valley experience, he was being instructed and trained for the high place he would soon be occupying. We read the Psalms all because he utilized his cave and valley experience to glorify God. When God’s hand is on you, His presence is with you. He is guiding you and correcting you. He is moulding you into the person after His own heart.
Do not be discouraged by the valley experience. The experience is instrumental for when you get to the mountaintop. It tends to be lonely. Make good use of your valley experience.
Part of sermon notes from preaching by Pastor Cornelius Lindsey at The Purpose Center Church on – 12th Feb 2017 ~Nairobi, Kenya