1 Samuel 13:13-14
And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly: you have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which he commanded you…
In what respects did David deserve this name?
I. AS A TYPE OF CHRIST.
1. A perpetual covenant made with Him. Isaiah 55:3. (Explained Acts 13:34).
2. Born at Bethlehem. (John 7:42; Acts 13:23).
3. Chosen out of the people (Psalm 89:19).
I. AS AN EXAMPLE TO US IN HIS OWN CHARACTER.
1. Two qualifications Godward.
(1) Transparent. (1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Chronicles 28:9; 1 Chronicles 29:17; John 1:47-50). This is the Old Testament grace of "perfectness," compatible with much failure and sudden falls, but implying a heart sincere in purpose and true to God. Perhaps the best illustration is the mariner's compass, the needle of which, under all circumstances, turns towards the pole.
(2) Unobtrusive. 1 Samuel 16:11; Judges 6:13-16).
2. Five qualifications manward (1 Samuel 16:18).
(1) Cunning in playing = talents improved.
(2) A mighty, valiant man = energies developed.
(3) Prudent in matters = common-sense exercised.
(4) A comely person = graces manifested.
(5) The Lord is with him = Godliness displayed This is how David struck a mere acquaintance. And yet he was the youngest, and occupied a lowly place in his own family. (Proverbs 15:38).
III. HE WAS GOD'S CHOICE. If God calls us to witness for Him, and we feel ever so unfitted in ourselves, let us remember John 15:16; 1 Corinthians 1:27.
(R. E. Faulkner.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.