The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.
"Do not be afraid," Samuel replied [to the people of Israel]. "You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart."
But some troublemakers said, "How can this fellow [Saul] save us?" They despised him and brought him no gifts. But Saul kept silent.
Be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.
If you do not obey the LORD, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your fathers.
The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground.