Samuel Anointed David To Be King

1 Samuel 16-17


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Voice (of God) Stand to one side, read slowly and loudly.

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.

Companions (Optional): children and all adults that want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.


Narrator  Let us find out how God prepared David to become a great and good king of Israel, as seen in 1 Samuel chapters 16 and 17. It started when God spoke to the prophet Samuel.
Voice   Samuel, I have rejected Saul from being king over Israel. Take oil and go to Jesse in Bethlehem, for I have selected a king among his sons.
Narrator Samuel went to Bethlehem, and invited Jesse and his sons to a sacrifice. Listen to what Samuel said to himself when he saw Jesse’s sons drawing near.
Samuel        Ah! Here comes Jesse’s handsome, tall son Eliab. Surely he’s the Lord’s anointed!
Voice          I reject Eliab. Man looks at the outward appearance, but I see the heart.
Narrator     Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but the Lord was not impressed.
Samuel        The Lord has not chosen any of these. Are these all your children, Jesse?
Narrator     Jesse reluctantly sent for the youngest, who had been out tending the sheep. (David approaches.)
Voice          Samuel, anoint David. This is he.
Narrator     Soon thereafter, the Philistine army came to battle and camped in the valley of Elah. A giant, named Goliath, came out from the Philistine army with armor and a huge spear.
Goliath       (Shout loudly and slowly.) Choose a man and let him come down to me. If he is able to kill me, then we will become your servants; but if I slay him, then you shall become our servants and serve us. I defy the ranks of Israel this day; give me a man that we may fight together. Now, who will fight me?
Prompter & Companions  Not me! Not me!
Narrator     Jesse had sent David his youngest son with bread for his brothers in the army. Eliab, the oldest, was angry and accused David of coming just to watch the battle.
David          Oh no! I bought you this bread. But why do you all fear that uncircumcised Philistine? (Kneel, and rise) King Saul, your servant will go down and fight with that Philistine.
Narrator     Saul told David he was too young to fight Goliath who’d been a warrior since his youth.

Your servant killed a lion and a bear that took lambs from my father’s flock. I’ll do the same to this uncircumcised Philistine, since he’s defied the armies of the living God.

The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.


Saul put his armor on David, but it was too heavy and he took it off. David chose five smooth stones from the brook and approached the giant with his sling and a stick.


(Laugh) Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks? I curse you by my gods. Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.


You come to me with sword, spear and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have ridiculed.


David ran quickly to meet the giant. He took a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground.

David ran and took the Philistine’s sword, killed him, and cut off his head. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

Prompter & Companions

Hurrah! Hurrah!



Samuel was surprised that God would not let him anoint David’s handsome older brother. What does this tell us about how God looks on people? Why do you suppose David’s fight with Goliath has always been a favorite story for children? On what occasion have you had to rely on encouragement from God in order to do the right thing? What “giants” do you face now, for which you need God’s help?



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