“Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.”
David was familiar with rejection.
When the prophet Samuel came calling, looking to find King Saul’s replacement and anoint one of Jesse’s sons as the next king of Israel, Jesse, David’s own father, barely acknowledged him.
He brought all his other sons before Samuel.
He tried pushing each one into that position.
He hoped and prayed and desired that one of his other sons, one of his stronger sons, smarter sons, more manly sons would be anointed king.
He wanted one of his other sons to be king.
He didn’t even consider David in the running.
Jesse didn’t think David was good enough to be king. He didn’t see the potential in his own son. He didn’t think David was smart enough or manly enough to lead a nation. He didn’t even allow David to be in the presence of the Man of God.
It would have been seen as a smack in the face.
Jesse rejected his own son.
Fast forward a few years, David had been anointed king, stood against and defeated Goliath, and found himself living in the palace with King Saul.
David had made it.
He was brought into Saul’s house, and became a brother to Saul’s son, Jonathan.
He developed a crush on Saul’s daughter, and made plans to marry her.
He stood alongside Saul and saw what it meant to be a king.
He enjoyed all the benefits of being a son of the king, even though he wasn’t truly royalty.
Saul invested in David. He confided in him. He gave David a place of honor and prestige, and made David feel wanted.
Saul was the father David always wanted.
That is, until Saul got jealous of him.
In a split second, David went from Saul’s favorite to Saul’s enemy, and was rejected by another father.
His mentor, his confidant, his teacher and king and father-figure chucked a spear at his head, and showed him that Saul wanted him dead.
He wasn’t valued, wasn’t loved, wasn’t desired or wanted or even welcomed anymore.
Saul wanted David dead.
And went on to chase David throughout the kingdom, trying to kill him.
David knew what it was like to have his fathers reject him.
One didn’t think David was good enough.
The other wanted him dead.
But David knew that no matter what his father did to him, no matter how his mentor thought of him, no matter what his friends or acquaintances or enemies said to him, he was loved and accepted and wanted by God.
Because our worth and value aren’t based on what our families say, they aren’t based on what our friends say, our sense of love and acceptance were never meant to come from our friends or acquaintances say about us.
We are loved by the King, and He will never reject us.
So, my brothers and sisters, as you journey through your own darkness, wrestling with your sense of worth and acceptance, may you realize that no matter what, God will never reject you. May you know deep down that you are loved and desired. And may you, as you look to God for your sense of worth, find that it doesn’t matter who has rejected you in the past, you are received by the King.