My BFF, Jill and I are starting Beth Moore’s David, 90 Days with a Heart Like His. Today is Day 1. I couldn’t wait to get started!
1 Samuel 16:1-13 was warm and familiar to me. And still, I read it over and over this morning. Maybe because it is warm and familiar and I needed that this morning.
I love our first physical description of David…
He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. (v. 12)…NIV
But even more so in the NLT:
He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes.
I find it interesting, that last part…with beautiful eyes. The eyes are the gateway to the soul and David’s were beautiful.
I totally loved reading and re-reading this passage from 1 Samuel this morning. Our first introduction to David. I immersed myself in it. I allowed the words to become visual to me…which is how I learn the best. The visual of all of the handsome sons of Jesse, paraded before Samuel, one by one. All with their own particular attributes that stood out to Samuel, but were not what God was looking for; were not what God could see.
It was not lost on me, the main theme of this passage. That man readily looks to the outside, and God to the innermost heart. How comforting and terrifying! I strive so hard to look my best on the outside…from the top of my perfectly colored and coiffed hair to the tips of my polished shoes.
But I hide the darkness that is within me. The selfishness, the anger, the bitterness. Rarely do I allow those to show outwardly.
But God sees Every. Bit. Of. It. From Him, there is no hiding my innermost thoughts, feelings, rage.
Comforting and terrifying.
Comforting to know that He still…will ALWAYS…love me. Knowing me so well! Terrifying that He will want me to really and truly deal with the innermost, to bring them outward, for all to see.