Old Testament Lesson 22: “The Lord Looketh on the Heart”

The stories of the kings Saul and David have particular significance to Latter-day Saints. Both men were anointed as rulers in the House of Israel, which applies equally to all those who obtain the ordinances of the temple. Once the anointing is received, however, the fulfillment of the promised blessings depends upon strict faithfulness to our covenants. The examples of Saul and David are therefore vitally instructive to us.

Also, the accounts of these two kings illustrate the importance of relying on the Savior. We can succeed as the Lord’s anointed if the Lord is in our hearts. Jesus Christ will fight our battles for us as we demonstrate our faith in Him.

The Anointing of Saul

We learn that Saul was a “choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulder and upward he was higher than any of the people” (1 Sam. 9:2). This tall, striking youth, we are told, was sent out one day to find his father’s lost donkeys. He searched everywhere but could not find them; at last he sought the counsel of the Lord’s prophet, Samuel, who lived nearby.

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