Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Leadership is not Good Looks

David Anointed King
1 Samuel 15

“Man looks at the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart.”

The Lord said to Samuel, “It’s time to stop grieving.
I have an assignment for you.
Though Saul is rejected, I’ll soon be revealing
A king whose devotion is true.

Go down to Jesse in Bethlehem town.
Take a young heifer with you.
Have all the sons of Jesse around;
I’ll show you the one I choose.”

Jesse presented his first-born son.
What a tremendous start!
But God said to Sam, “He’s not the one.
He doesn’t have the right heart

You must be careful not to assume
A leader by his appearance.
The one who rules from the throne room
Will be known for godly adherence.

Throughout the day the candidates progressed,
Seven strong sons passed through.
But none of them completely possessed
The virtues the king must imbue.

Samuel asked, “Are all the sons here?
Does there remain one or two?
None of the seven who have appeared
Is the one that our God will use.”

“There is yet one who is far away
Frankly, he’s still a youth.
He likes to sing to the Lord in praise,
He’s also a lover of truth.”

When David arrived from the fields that day,
The youngest of Jesse’s eight sons,
Samuel anointed; then knelt to pray,
For he was the chosen one.

Just remember this, dear friend.
It’s wisdom God would impart:
God is in charge from beginning to end
Choosing the one with His heart.

© Copyright 2010 George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

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