David: Godís Chosen King




Scripture:1 Samuel 16:1-13††††


Memory Verse: ďThe Lord said, People judge others by what they look like, but I judge people by what is in their hearts.Ē I Samuel 16:7 CEV



  1. God has a plan and is in control.
  2. God sees and understands things we do not.
  3. God sees our hearts and not our outward appearance.
  4. God chooses unlikely people to do Godís work.
  5. The Holy Spirit goes with people who do Godís work



1.     The class will watch a video about David as a boy.

2.     The children will draw a picture of what God sees in their hearts.




Welcome and Introductions:

1.     Greet the children and introduce yourself.Wear your name-tag.

2.     Explain the purpose of this workshop.


Scripture/Bible Story:

1.     Review the Bible story 1 Samuel 16:1-13. Use clip art pictures. As you tell the story you can stick the pictures on the wall or board in sequence to refer to later.


2.     Explain some of the characters in the video.


       Samuel, a prophet, is the old man who goes to see Jesse. He anoints David. The rocks that you will see Samuel holding in the video are added for dramatic effect.

       King Saul is the first King of the Israelites. God is not pleased with Saul. God wants David to unite the scattered tribes of Israel into one united nation.

       The Israelites are fighting the Philistines. No one wants to fight Goliath.


3.     Watch the video. Start it AFTER the credits. Before the credit is a beheading by Samuel that the kids donít need to witness.

Younger children: Stop the movie after David says, ďso be itĒ the first time, which is before David picks up the sword and kills Goliath.

Older kids: Stop the video after the voice over explains that David served in Saulís army for 10 years. You will see an older David parading into the city.




God did not choose the older brothers. What did you think when you first saw the young David? Did you think he was too young? What do you think Davidís brothers thought about Godís choice? (heís too young, why did God choose him?)


Read the memory verse: ďThe Lord said, People judge others by what they look like, but I judge people by what is in their hearts.Ē I Samuel 16:7 CEV


What do you think God saw in Davidís heart that others couldnít see by looking at him? (Davidís love for God, the Holy Spirit in him)


What does God see in your heart? What does God know about you that others do not?


Reflection Time:


Hand out journal sheets, a red heart, scissors, glue sticks (or tacky glue Ė it sticks better) and colored pencils and/or markers.


Cut the heart in half Ė jagged, straight cut, wavy, whatever. Make sure both halves fit together in place, and glue the outside edges of the heart to the journal page. Bend each half of the heart at the glued edges so the heart opens up. Draw, inside the heart, a picture or write words that describe what God sees in your heart OR something that God knows about you that makes God smile (a talent, an attitude, something you do that is pleasing to God.) Close the heart up.


Gather together and share what is inside your heart. Tell the children that God knows each one of us inside and out and has a special plan for our lives. The Holy Spirit is in us when we do Godís work.



Prayer: Lead prayer. Thank you God for having a plan for us and for loving us for who we are inside and not what we look like on the outside. Thank you for the Holy Spirit who is with us when we do your work Ė even when it is hard to do the right thing. Amen


Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help tidy up. Put clothes and props in the bin on the stage.


Teacher preparation in advance:

1.     Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.

2.     Check out the room before your first Sunday workshop so that you know where everything is located. The bin with supplies is in the closet.

3.     Preview the video and have it cued to the correct starting place.††

4.     Prepare the hearts from red construction paper. Make the hearts large enough to fill Ĺ page of standard 8 Ĺ X 11 construction paper. You may wish to precut the heart shapes for younger children. Older children can cut the heart shape out. Walk the kids through the steps of folding a square and cutting into a heart shape.

5.     Prepare the clip art pictures to tell the story. Cut each picture page in half so that you can show one picture and caption at a time. Color the pictures if you wish.

6.     Be sure you have plenty of popcorn popped BEFORE the children arrive. You will need to have your attention on the children at that point. Ask the shepherds or child volunteers to help distribute it to children who are sitting quietly.


Supply List


Journal sheets

Glue, pencils, scissors (fancy cutting scissors are fun if you have any)

Red construction paper

story in pictures (see attached file)



King David, video from Paramount Pictures, 1985. Starring Richard Gere. Available from or