1 Samuel 16:7 says, “. . .man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Those words were written for misfits and outcasts. God uses them all. Moses ran from justice, but God used him. Jonah ran from God, but God used him. Rahab ran a brothel, Sarah ran out of hope, Lot ran with the wrong crowd, but God used them all.
And David? Human eyes saw a gangly teenager, smelling like sheep. Yet the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is the one” (1 Samuel 16:12). God saw what no one else saw: a God-seeking heart. David took after God’s heart because he stayed after God’s heart. And in the end that’s all God wants or needs. Others measure your waist size or wallet. Not God. He examines hearts. And when he finds one set on Him, He calls it and claims it.