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Great in the eyes of others!

I Samuel 18:5 – So David went out wherever Saul sent him and behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

True greatness is measured by God, but it is perceived by those around us. Such is the case with David. As we will see in the next few posts, David was not only great in God’s eyes, but he was highly admired by those around him as well.

  • The king’s perception – I Samuel 18:8-12

Bluntly stated, King Saul hated David and wanted him dead. When he looked at David he looked at him through jealous eyes. Notice several verses in our chapter…

v. 8 – Saul was angry

v. 9 – Saul eyed David

v. 12 – Saul was afraid of David

Saul hated him not because he was unkind, cruel or even disobedient. He hated him because God was with him and not with Saul. David was what Saul knew he should be, and he despised him for it.

  • The public perception – 18:5, 7, 16

God divinely gave David favor in the eyes of those throughout Israel’s Kingdom. The perception was shared by both Saul’s servants (v. 5), as well as his subject (vs. 5, 16, 30). Simply put these people saw how David acted and were impressed with him.

The same could be said of Saul’s own children (18:1-4, 20). Both Jonathon, Saul’s son, and Michael, Saul’s daughter loved David. There was a connection, a like-ability, a God-given attraction that impressed even Saul’s own family.

How do others view you? Can they see God working in your life?

Zechariah 8:23 speaks of men that will live in such a way that it will cause others so say, “Please let us walk with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” May God help us to live in such a way that others will see Christ in us!

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