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When Mercy Says, "Yes"!
September 1, 2017
I Samuel 16:1-23

~~In the above passage, the Lord told Samuel to go to Jesse because He had prepared for Himself one of the sons of Jesse to be king. Samuel asked for the sons of Jesse. The first that was paraded before him was Eliab.The Lord did not tell Samuel the prophet who the king new would be. So when Samuel looked at Eliab, he was certain Eliab was it because of his looks. Watch what God said to Samuel in verse 7; “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.” Even Samuel the prophet would have missed it! The other sons were presented to the prophet, but none of them was the chosen one. Then Samuel asked if there were any sons left and Jesse said he had just one more. He was the youngest and  was keeping the sheep. When Samuel heard this, he asked that they bring him. They will not sit down until this one was brought before him.  When David was brought before Samuel, 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.
Isn’t it amazing what God’s mercy can do? When God’s mercy says, “Yes”, no man, not even the prophet could say “No”.

David did not have to lobby for recognition. He did not have to scheme for the position. He was not even present at the sacrifice; talk less of him being presented to Samuel! He did not have to do anything, but God’s mercy sought him out. God's mercy will seek you out for recognition and elevation. God rejected Eliab, Abinadab, Shammah and the other brothers, but David found favor in the sight of the Lord. Mercy favored him. Mercy became a “voice” for him even though he did not have a voice or say in the matter. Mercy caused him to be remembered even though he was forgotten. Mercy became his “mediator” when he was unable to defend himself. Mercy said “Yes” when people and situations and circumstances said, “No”. 

The Lord presented another opportunity for David to be elevated. As the Spirit of the Lord came upon David, the same Spirit departed from Saul his predecessor and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him. Saul’s servants saw what had happened to their master and wanted to help him. They suggested that they find a man who was skillful at playing the harp to play for the king anytime the evil spirit troubled him.  One of the servants said in verse 18, “… I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the LORD is with him.” They were looking for one attribute; this man David had six (6)! He was more than perfect for the job. He was more that qualified for the position. The mercy of the Lord did not just draw him out of the wilderness; he was on his way to the palace! So Saul sent for David and he was loved and favored by the king.

As you read this article today, the river of God’s mercy will flow into your life. Luke 2: 52 says, ”And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” By the mercy of God, you will increase in wisdom. You will increase in stature. You will find favor with God and with man. God will single you out in the midst of your brethren and foes. God’s mercy upon your life will blow your imagination. He will do exceeding abundantly above all that you ask or think according to His power that works in you (Ephesians 3:20). God’s mercy will be your voice and intercede for you. It will stand against your adversaries. It was also God’s mercy that called Joseph out of the dungeon. God’s mercy will call you out of the “dungeon” of life and set you in high places. God’s mercy will uncover God’s glory in your life and family. It will put an end to every vicious cycle in your life and family. It will put an end to seasonal sicknesses and all forms of afflictions in Jesus’ name.

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