My heart is so full as I write and record the message for today. You have been in my prayers each and every day. Your words of encouragement and your excitement to begin this study have blessed me beyond measure. We have nearly 2000 women from across the globe studying the life of David together for the next six weeks. How I wish we could all gather together in one place for our lesson so I could see each one of your precious smiling faces. But this is how God has chosen to bring us together, and I know He will be at work in and among us!!
We are about to embark on a six week journey to discover the heart of one of God’s most beloved and favored servants, King David. In preparation for this study, know I am praying for you and for our time together. My prayer, sweet friends, is that as we commit to give God our whole hearts, He will stretch us and grow us in such a way that not a single one of us will ever be the same again!
Over the next six weeks, we will cover David’s entire life! We will have 10 -15 questions each week. Please do them as you have time. Do not be overwhelmed…you have one week to do them. Remember, it is the time you spend with God in His Word that will teach, bless, and transform you.
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Below please find our Introductory Lesson, memory verse, and homework assignment for this week.
This Week’s Memory Verse: The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
Powerful Name. AMEN
Reading Assignment: Read 1 Samuel 8:1-22.
Homework Questions: Please do as many questions as time allows. Your time reading and studying is when God will do His greatest work!
Heavenly Father, today I begin a new journey with You. Thank You that before time began You knew I would meet you here in Your Word to study the life of David. Father, You say David is a man after Your own heart. That is what I want to be, Lord, a woman after Your own heart. I desire to live my life to honor and glorify You in all I say and do. Father, I pray from Psalm 119, open the eyes of my heart these next few months so that I may see the wonderful truths, promises, and lessons found in Your law. Give me eyes to see, ears to hear, a heart to receive, and a mind to understand all that You will teach me. Your Word says that it is living and active like a double-edged sword meant to penetrate to my heart and soul, joints and marrow. I invite You to do that in my life. Father, take Your Word and excise out anything in my life that keeps me from having a heart like Yours. Replace it with the fruit of Your Spirit. Give me a heart of humility to receive all You have to teach me. Change my heart, Oh God, make it every true…change my heart, Oh God, make it more like You. I ask this in Jesus’ Name.
1. Read 1 Samuel 8:1-22.
a. For what did the Jews ask Samuel? (1 Samuel 8:5)
b. What was their reasoning?
c. In reality, who were the people really rejecting?
Samuel anointed Saul as the first King of Israel If you would like to go deeper and read about Saul, his anointing by Samuel, and the early part of his reign, read 1Samuel Chapters 9-12.
2. Read 1 Samuel 10:8 and 1 Samuel 13:3-14. In 10:8, Samuel tells Saul to go down to Gilgal and wait seven days for Samuel’s arrival. When Samuel arrives, he says that he will sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings.
a. What did Saul do (or fail to do)?
b. What was Samuel’s response?
c. What do Saul’s actions speak about his heart?
3. Today we read about another confrontation between King Saul and Samuel the prophet. Read 1 Samuel 15:1-35.
a. What are Samuel’s instructions to Saul in 1 Samuel 15:3?
b. What did Saul actually do? (1 Samuel 15:7-9)
c. Describe God’s response to Saul’s disobedience in verse 10? **
d. What was Samuel’s response?
4. When Samuel went to meet Saul, he was told that Saul had gone to Carmel to set up a monument in his honor.
a. What do Saul’s actions reveal about his heart?
b. When Samuel confronted Saul, what reason did Saul give for sparing the livestock?
c. Describe Saul’s attitude about obedience. (1 Samuel 15:20-21)
d. Read verse 22 and share what it speaks to you about obedience
e. What does Samuel say in 1 Samuel 15:26-28?
f. How does this chapter conclude? (1 Samuel 15:32-35)
5. Today we finally meet David as we study a familiar passage in Scripture. I invite you to read it with fresh eyes and a heart seeking to hear a fresh word from God.
a. Read 1 Samuel 16:1-13. What was Samuel’s next assignment?
b. Samuel was drawn first to Jesse’s oldest son, Eliab. Why?
c. Looking at God’s response in verse 7, on what did Samuel base his selection?
d. Below write the Lord’s words in verse 7.
6. Jesse answered that he had one more son, his youngest, who was tending sheep. Samuel asked to see him.
a. Describe this son.
b. Write below the words God spoke as this young shepherd entered the room.
c. How did the Spirit of God manifest himself in David’s life “from that day on?”
7. 1 Samuel 16:7 is a crucial verse for our culture today. Everybody evaluates people on their outward appearances. We see it around us everyday…even in our own lives.
a. Share examples of how our culture chooses people based on outward appearances.
God rejects this standard. He looks at each person’s heart.
b. In your own words, share what it means to be a woman after God’s own heart.
c. Do you see yourself as a woman after God’s own heart?
d. If you answered “yes,” share what God has done in your life to bring you to this point?
e. If you answer “no,” what is it that you need to change in your heart to make it more like His?
8. It’s a story that for generations has captivated children and adults alike…the all familiar tale of David and Goliath. Today I invite you to read it as if you were reading it for the very first time. Read 1 Samuel 17:1-58.
a. What reasons did Saul state for thinking David was unable to fight this battle.
b. What was David’s response? (verses 34-37) What does his response say about his heart?
c. Has there been a time in your life when you had to rely on God this way, trusting Him based upon what He has done in the past to help you face the present or the future? What happened?
d. Why didn’t David wear the armor Saul gave Him?
e. Read 1 Samuel 17:40-47.
f. What three items did David take into battle?
g. Read verse 45 again and write it below.
h. What was the most powerful weapon David carried into battle that day?
i. Describe what happened in verses 46-50.
j. Read Psalm 71:5-8. What does this Psalm say about David’s heart?
k. Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-27. How does this Truth relate to David’s story?
(1)Is there someone in your past or present who constantly discourages you, criticizes you, and makes you feel unworthy?
(2)What lessons have you learned from this story that may help you with this situation?
9. Read 1 Samuel 18:1-29.
a. 1 Samuel 18:5-16 tell us David performed all his duties with great success. According to verse 14, why did David have great success in everything he did?
b. Saul noticed David’s favor with God. He resented it and feared it. Three times Scripture points out Saul’s fear, fear that led to jealousy, jealousy that prompted anger, rage, even murderous actions. Note the three verses (1 Samuel 18:12-29) and what happened in them.
10. What was lacking in Saul’s life to keep his fear and jealousy in check? 1 Samuel 16:14, 18:10)
Saul’s life teaches us what life is like without the presence of the Holy Spirit. David’s life teaches us what life is like with the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Friends, we have an incomprehensible gift. Because we are believers in Jesus, the Spirit of the Living God chooses to reside in you and me. Never ever forget the significance of this gift. This presence of God in us enables us to survive all things, overcome all things, and do all things.
Blessings to you,