The hot midday sun shone mercilessly on the middle eastern countryside. A young shepherd sat under a tree working tirelessly while watching over his sheep. Again, and again he chose different targets working hard never to miss the mark. No one was there to see his accomplishments.
When he was done with his daily routine, he pulled out a simple harp and began playing like a master musician. He worked hard to polish up his skills. With the sun setting and the sheep safely in the fold, his mind was busy dwelling on the goodness of God. Inspired by the presence of God, he grabbed a pen and wrote,
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.”
Why was this “no-name” working so hard? The sheep would not cheer him on saying “great shot” or “what a beautiful song, David”.” Would anyone ever read the poems he had written in his little book?
He was not of noble birth so why work so hard. Nobody saw any potential in him. When the prophet Samuel came to visit his family for a special meal, nobody bother to tell David. Not even his own father saw potential in him.
David was not trying to get the attention of people. He wanted to please his God. In the end, it was not people but God who promoted him from the shepherd fields to the palace in Hebron and then later Jerusalem. Although, Samuel wanted to anoint one of David’s brothers as the next king of Israel, God said each time, “No, it is not him.”
The brothers finally went to the shepherd fields and brought David in. The family stood in shook when Samuel pulled out the anointing horn filled with oil and poured it over David’s head saying, “You are chosen of God to be the next king of Israel.”
Too many people live only to stand in the limelight. They will work hard to achieve their goals if they know they will have a platform. They will do everything to be recognized. They work hard to get the attention of influential people.
David was not like this. He didn’t try to meet Samuel at every conference or read all of his books or listen to every podcast. David wished to please only one person—God.
Are you building your life in the secret place or are you doing it to be recognized by men?
“The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”—Matthew 23:12, NIV