And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward.

Don’t know too much about David from this passage. That’s probably the point. His “whole-heartedness” toward God didn’t come with a name tag or a blinking sign. I imagine it was something developing within him, over time – a quite personal relationship with His God.

Commentators think he was between 10-15 years old when he was anointed by Samuel. His age makes the depth of his relationship even more remarkable – but maybe not. Could this idea be another way of “looking on an outward appearance”? Wow! My prejudices are subtle, aren’t they?

It’s interesting that this passage doesn’t give us 5 steps to becoming pure in heart. We can try to extrapolate from other things we might know about David but those things likely came much later than when Samuel encountered him. He was a shepherd for his family – no claim to fame.

This is all we really know – God saw David’s heart, God chose David, God poured out His Spirit on David.

Isn’t that how it works? In unknown ways and over time, God is wooing our hearts. At some point we welcome being chosen by Him. The Holy Spirit comes to live in us. And, just like David, this is just the beginning.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you,
will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Phil. 1:6 NLT


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