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“Having the Heart to Worship/Serve in 2009!”. 1 Samuel 16:1-11. Too bad today if you are ugly, dumb and broke. In these modern times “packaging” is everything. Heart? What does heart have to do with worship and service to God? . Purpose:.

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Too bad today if you are ugly, dumb and broke. In these modern times “packaging” is everything...

purpose

Purpose:

to better understand the significance of God looking at the heart rather than outward appearances

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I A KING IS SELECTED

A. Background to Our Text

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Saul, son of Kish (of the tribe of Benjamin) was “the peoples’ choice” – i.e. Saul looked the part...

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I A KING IS SELECTED

A. Background to Our Text

B. Samuel Goes on a Search

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I A KING IS SELECTED

A. Background to Our Text

B. Samuel Goes on a Search

C. The Next King

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The good news includes the fact you don’t have to look like Angelina and Brad to be approved by God

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II A KING IS PREPARED

A. The Learning of Reverence

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“In solitude I get rid of my scaffolding; no friends to talk with, no telephone calls to make, no meetings to attend, no music to entertain, no books to distract... Solitude molds self-righteous people into gentle, caring, forgiving persons who are so deeply convinced of their own great sinfulness and so fully aware of God’s even greater mercy that their life itself becomes ministry.”

Theologian Henri Nouwen

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II A KING IS PREPARED

A. The Learning of Reverence

B. The Learning of Humility

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Psalm 119:34

“Give me understanding and I will keep Your law and obey it with my heart.”

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II A KING IS PREPARED

A. The Learning of Reverence

B. The Learning of Humility

C. The Learning of Integrity

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Dad looking at his son’s report card... “One thing in your favor – with grades like these, you couldn’t possibly be cheating.”

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III A KING IS USED

A. The Writing of Psalms

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Psalm 8:3; 19:1; 29:9

“When I consider the heaven, the work of Your finger...” “The heavens declare the glory of God...” “In His temple, everything says ‘Glory’”

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“God wants to be ours, too, although He is often unable to get our attention because of our feverishly maintained noise levels. Flip on the TV. Turn up the stereo. Snap on the Walkman. Wind up the RPMs. As a result there remains no quiet place in our heads for reflective thoughts, and we are too distracted to hear the still small voice. We crave noise. ‘We need it,’ we say, ‘to kill the boredom.’”

Lynn Anderson (preacher and author)

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III A KING IS USED

A. The Writing of Psalms

B. The Shepherding of His People

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Psalm 78:70-71

“He chose David His servant and took him from the sheepfold... from tending sheep He brought him to be shepherd of His people.”

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James 4:6,10

“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble... Humble yourselves in the presence of God and He will exalt you.”

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III A KING IS USED

A. The Writing of Psalms

B. The Shepherding of His People

C. The Heart to Go On

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Pablo Picasso surprised a burglar at work in his chateau. The intruder got away, but Picasso told police he could do a rough sketch of what the perpetrator looked like...

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Conclusion and Summary

Seldom does appearance mean so little to us today... BUT to God, He always has, does and will look on the heart. Saul looked the part but David had the heart! Each of us this morning will either be a David or a Saul. Right NOW is the time to decide which!