We can learn a great deal about the nature of God in 1 Samuel by observing God’s nature and by comparing King Saul and King David. In 1 Samuel, God makes a distinction between the two kings. The reason there were kings over Israel was the rejection of God as the King over Israel. The children of Israel wanted to be like the other nations around them who had kings that ruled over them (1 Samuel 8:5-9). Who chooses the kings? God does. Observe the description of King Saul. “He had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people” (1 Samuel 9:2). Now see the description of David. “Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him this is he” (1 Samuel 16: 12). What does God say about these Kings? “But the LORD said to Samuel, Do not look at this appearance or that height of his stature because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
If you want to see as God sees, you must look at a person’s heart and not how they appear physically. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law, he meditates day and night” (Psalms 1:1-2). What is the difference between Saul and David? Israel accepted Saul because of his appearance. God chose David because He saw what was in his heart. David had a heart willing to serve God. We must be people that look beyond appearance and see the heart of individuals to see as God sees.