Friday, February 19, 2010

The Best In Me

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for [the LORD seeth] not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart

Marvin Sapp recently released a song, The Best In Me. The words say, “he saw the best in me. When everyone else around me could only see the worst in me.” Then the song goes on to say, “he’s mine, and I’m his, it doesn’t matter what I did. He only see me for who I am.”

This song blessed me tremendously and made me think so much of David during his first anointing. When Samuel was sent to anoint the next King over Israel, Samuel was looking for the same kind of king that he anointed the last time – a Saul like king. Samuel was so programmed with his assumed appearance of a King, that when he came upon Eliab one of Jesse’s strongest sons, God had to tell him, don’t look at his appearance, or his height, because I am have refused him. What a place: have the perfect look, the perfect height, the perfect circumstance, but be refused by God.

In this next season, it won’t be the perfect candidates by outward appearance but it will be the perfect candidates by heart! God saw David’s heart, and that’s why of all the sons of Jesse he was chosen to take Saul’s place.

David’s heart was revealed during the battle against Goliath. Saul ran, the Israelite soldiers ran. All of them that had the outward appearance to fight and win against Goliath ran. They were soldiers. They had the equipment, the title, the position, the weapons, the perfect outward appearances. But only David had the heart. He said, “I fought a bear and a lion, and this uncircumcised (unholy) philistine will be like one of them…..The Lord delivered me out of the paw of the lion and the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this philistine.”(1 Samuel 17:33-36)

David had a heart to win that battle. When everyone else ran from the challenge he ran to it. It was his experiences out there keeping the sheep that made him worthy to be KING and worthy to defeat Goliath. God knew that, and that’s why during the anointing, God saw the best in him, when everyone else around him only saw him as a ruddy, little, trouble starting, sheepkeeping boy.

What are your sheep keeping experiences? How does God see you? What is in your heart? Not that lame scapegoat, “God knows my heart” but what really does He see. For those of you who don’t have the outward appearance, be encouraged. That is not what God is looking at or for. Nor is it necessary to be anointed and promoted for your Kingly position. Everything about you, all your experiences, your gifts, your good qualities and “bad” creates the BEST IN YOU! And that’s what God sees.

Enjoy The Best In Me Video by Marvin Sapp

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