In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, looks at greatness in the life of David, how David was a man after God’s own heart and how we can respond likewise in our circumstances. Here are some excerpts:

Greatness In The Life of King David

“…[W]hat does God say that greatness is? Look at our text, 1 Samuel 16:7 — “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” God says that greatness is determined by character, not by reputation. God says, “The heart of the matter is a matter of the heart.” Character is the bottom line, and if you want to make your life count, if you want to be great in God’s eyes, it is a matter of your heart.

David was one of the greatest men who ever lived. He was a shepherd, he was a giant killer, he was a king, a general, a poet — he wrote the most beloved book in the Bible, the Psalms — just an incredible list of achievements. But God wasn’t impressed with any of those things. What impressed God about David was his heart. And, in Acts 113:22, God says, “I have found David… a man after My own heart.”

The Four Tests Of A Heart For God

Are you a person after God’s own heart? Do you want to be? God says that David had a heart for God. How do you know a person’s heart since we can’t see inside? We can tell by the way that person responds to four circumstances in life. There are four great tests of the heart:  sin, stress, service, and success. And today we are going to compare how David handled these things with how we handle them…”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


July 21, 1991

1 Samuel 16:7

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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