The King's heart - 1 Samuel 16

This is a sermon by Peter Birnie from 9th January 2022.

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1 Sam 16 “The King’s heart Handout


Seeing Jesus and being changed: moving from David to Jesus



  • Problems caused by the human heart (v1-5)

“The LORD said to Samuel, ‘How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel.”


Sinful hearts mean that;


  • Israel is like a sulky child when disciplined


  • Israel wants to be like the godless nations around


  • Saul is just like the people he ruled over


Sin leads to death;


  • Judgement


  • Trembling


  • Grief


Sin leads to death but living with God as King leads to life.


  • Problems solved by the heart of God (v6-23)

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”


  • God sees exactly what we are like



  • This is comforting rather than frightening because of God’s heart



  • The Sauls of this world Vs the Davids


David needed God

David depended upon God

David set God as his King


  • God takes people with hearts like that and turns them into royalty



From King David to King Jesus:


  • Prepare him room
  • Admit our sin
  • Accept his forgiveness
  • Submit to his authority
  • Fix our eyes and hopes on him



Home group Questions

1 Sam 16 “The King’s heart


1) Read verses 1-4. What consequences of sin are evident here? Why are we so prone to wanting to be like the world around us? What sinful attitudes rob you of joy, assurance and peace as a Christian?


2) Read verses 5-13 (Man look on the outside but God looks on the heart). What great comfort is there for Christians that God knows every detail of our hearts? Why is God’s choice of David rather than Eliab so encouraging for us?


3) We must respond properly to King Jesus. What will that look like for you in each of the following 4 areas?


  • Admitting our sin
  • Accepting his forgiveness
  • Submitting to his authority
  • Fixing our eyes and hopes on him in 2022

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