The Shepherd Boy's Heart
Keeping your heart with God
"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks
at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)
Once there was a boy whose job it was to take care of the family’s sheep. It was a big flock, so this
was a big responsibility. He had to make sure none of them wandered off and got lost. He had to
drive them all from pasture to pasture so they could find enough to eat. And, of course, he had to
protect them from the wolves and other wild animals.

The boy had seven older brothers, and one day one of the brothers came out to the field and said to
the boy, “Father wants you back at the house.” So the boy ran back to the house, and when he got
there, there was a stranger sitting with his father. He wondered who this stranger was. And his
father said, “Son, this is Samuel, the prophet of God. He wants to meet you.”

The boy’s eyes got very wide, and he thought, “Why would the prophet of want to meet me, a lowly
shepherd boy?” Then Samuel stood up, poured some oil on the boys head and said, “God has
chosen you to be king of Israel.”

Imagine how surprised he must have been. One minute he’s tending the sheep, and the next he’s
being anointed king of Israel! And he had seven older brothers who were big and tall; why not
anoint one of them to become king of Israel? God gives us the answer in 1 Samuel 16:7. “The Lord
does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance (in other words how
you look), but the Lord looks at the heart.”

You see, it doesn’t matter if you’re big or little or what job you’re in. What matters is whether your
heart is where is should be: with God.

That shepherd boy’s name was David, and David became the greatest king Israel ever had. But
more important than that, God called David a man after His own heart. Wouldn’t you like God to say
that about you? Well, if your heart is where it should be, who knows what God will help you to

That’s something we should pray about: Heavenly Father, help us to always have our hearts in the
right place: with you. We pray that some day you will say that, like David, we are people after your
own heart. Amen.

Song: “I Love You, Lord”
Copyright © 2009 Steven Rudolph. All rights reserved.