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.”

Saul was a handsome man. He was a brilliant king, a master soldier, a leader in war, and also a very sincere man. He even danced in the Spirit when the presence of God met him. But there was one thing that just wasn't in the right place: his heart.

The heart is described in Webster's dictionary as, “The inner part of anything, the chief part or the vital part, the seat of affections and passions, of love, joy, grief, enmity, courage, and pleasure, also the secret will, secret purposes, intentions or designs.” The heart is that inner most being that only the Lord can see. Scripture even says that a man's ways are right in his own opinion. But there is that secret part called the heart that only the Lord can see. (Proverbs 21:2).

The difference between Saul and David is that David pleaded with God to search out his heart and remove the wrong things. David was willing for the Lord to search him, and was willing to be tried and tested. Saul was sincere, but he didn’t allow God full exposure to his very innermost wishes, desires, and intentions. Listen to the way David pours out his heart to God in Psalm 26:1-2, “Judge me, O Lord: for I have walked in mine integrity I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide. Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart!”

What would God find if He searched your heart today? The Lord is looking at more than what the people around you see of you. Let Him examine you, and try your reins, for God wants to see a surrendered heart in you. Let Him in and surrender your heart entirely.

57-0106 - "Jehovah-Jireh"You see, sometime your choice is not God’s choice. One time God was going to choose a king to take—to take Saul’s place from backsliding. And so He told the prophet, “Go up to Jesse’s sons. I’ve chose one.” 

So Jesse said, “Oh, that’s wonderful.” He goes out, brings his great big tall son, seven foot tall, a little man standing there with a cruse of oil in his hand. He said, “Now, this man will look beautiful with that crown on his head. Look how them long robes will look. Don’t he look like a king when he walks, anyhow?” 

“That’s him. Bring him up here.” So the prophet said, “We will just pour oil on him.”But when he went, God said, “I’ve refused him.” 

He brought the next one, great big strong fellow. God said, “I’ve refused him.” 

“Well, they’re the biggest boys I got. Well, they’re the only ones who’d look right with the crown on their head. They’re the only ones who are straight enough to walk like a king.” 

God said, “I’ve refused them.” 

Well, he brought six of them. Might’ve said, “Haven’t you got another one?” 

“Oh, yes. I’ve got a little old naughty fellow back over here herding some sheep, but I’m sure he wouldn’t look good as a king.” 

Said, “Go bring him up here and let me see him.” 

And as soon as little old David with the little sheepskin coat on, a little slingshot in his hand, walking along, toddling up like that, stooped shoulders, perhaps a little scrawny looking boy, the Holy Ghost said, “That’s My man!” He knowed what was on the inside of him. Man looks on the outside; God looks on the heart.