Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 15, 2015

“… And His sovereignty rules over all.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 16.

“1 Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel?  Fill your horn with oil and go;  I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons.”  2 But Samuel said, “How can I go?  When Saul hears of it, he will kill me.”  And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’  3 You shall invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for Me the one whom I designate to you.”  4 So Samuel did what the Lord said, and came to Bethlehem.  And the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and said, “Do you come in peace?”  5 He said, “In peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.  Consecrate yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.”  He also consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

6 When they entered, he looked at Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him.”  7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him;  for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel.  And he said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.”  9 Next Jesse made Shammah pass by.  And he said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.”  10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel.  But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.”  11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are these all the children?”  And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep.”  Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him;  for we will not sit down until he comes here.”

12 So he sent and brought him in.  Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance.  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 brothers;  and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.  And Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

14 Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord terrorized him.  15 Saul’s servants then said to him, “Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you.  16 Let our lord now command your servants who are before you.  Let them seek a man who is a skillful player on the harp;  and it shall come about when the evil spirit from God is on you, that he shall play the harp with his hand, and you will be well.”  17 So Saul said to his servants, “Provide for me now a man who can play well and bring him to me.” 18 Then one of the young men said, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is a skillful musician, a mighty man of valor, a warrior, one prudent in speech, and a handsome man; and the Lord is with him.”  19 So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David who is with the flock.”  20 Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread and a jug of wine and a young goat, and sent them to Saul by David his son.  21 Then David came to Saul and attended him;  and Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor bearer.  22 Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Let David now stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight.”  23 So it came about whenever the evil spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand;  and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him.”   1 Samuel Chapter 16.


Sometimes, Scripture simply states its summary like “… And His sovereignty rules over all.”  Psalm 103:19.

Other times, like in today’s Scripture, Scripture will “only” lay out the historical events.  But, the reader should have more than an interest in the history.  The reader should ask himself:  “What does this Scripture of historical events teach us about God?  What lesson does God want to teach us in this Scripture?” 

Accordingly, we do see that God’s sovereignty rules over all in today’s Scripture.

God chose whom He wanted to be king.  And, God likewise chooses our leaders today.

God protected Samuel whom He sent on a mission.  And, God likewise protects us today.

God looked into the hearts of Jesse’s sons.  And, God likewise looks into our hearts today.  “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;  for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.”  Luke 21:34-35.

God filled David mightily with His Spirit.  And, God likewise fills us mightily with His Spirit today.

God terrorized Saul with an evil spirit.  And, God likewise sends fear into His enemies today.

God arranged for David, His chosen king, to attend to Saul and experience what it would like to be king to prepare him for the future.  And, God arranges for us to experience things today that will prepare us for the future.

God caused Saul to favor David.  “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord;  He turns it wherever He wishes.”  Proverbs 21:1.  And, God causes our employers, co-workers, clients, and others to favor us today.

In summary, God brought Saul low, and God exalted David.  We are reminded of the following summary Scripture about God’s sovereignty.

“6 “The Lord kills and makes alive;
He brings down to Sheol and raises up.
7 “The Lord makes poor and rich;
He brings low, He also exalts.
8 “He raises the poor from the dust,
He lifts the needy from the ash heap
To make them sit with nobles,
And inherit a seat of honor;
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
And He set the world on them.
9 “He keeps the feet of His godly ones,
But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness;
For not by might shall a man prevail.
10 “Those who contend with the Lord will be shattered;
Against them He will thunder in the heavens,
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
And He will give strength to His king,
And will exalt the horn of His anointed.”  1 Samuel 2:6-10.


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