Do You Have The Heart of David?

Do You Have The Heart of David?

David has to be one of the most remarkable personalities of the Bible. We know him as the great king of Israel during some of it’s most glorious days. Yet he didn’t start out as an heir to the throne. In fact he started as a most unlikely candidate.

The full story surrounding David’s early years and his choice as king may be found in I Samuel 16. In the first verse we see God speaking to Samuel, the prophet, who is mourning over the fact that Saul had sinned and was rejected by God for continuing his kingship. God prods to Samuel to stop mourning and get on with His next choice – to go to Bethlehem and anoint “one of Jesse’s sons” to be the next king.

We would probably be just like Samuel if we were called to this mission. We judge by our senses – by what our eyes see and ears hear. So when Samuel arrived at the city, with anointing oil in hand, he called for Jesse and his sons to come to the sacrifice he was performing. As the oldest son arrived, Samuel was certain that this was the one God had chosen. He was tall, handsome, and looked very kingly. However, God spoke a stunning word, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

After all of the sons have been rejected by God, Samuel asks Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” And Jesse replies, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” Samuel then sent for David, and the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one.”

Now think about this scenario. Think of all of the rich, intelligent, good-looking, well dressed guys God could have chosen to be king of Israel. Surely that’s who He would choose! But He didn’t, and as always, God had great purpose in his choice. He chose a young shepherd boy, who was handsome and intelligent, but so unlikely for the job that when Jesse was supposed to bring all of his sons, he didn’t even think about bringing David. He was just a boy who stayed with the sheep. Nobody thought about him, but God. God seems to love going to the unlikely candidates who nobody notices.

The search, however, wasn’t just for someone whom no one noticed. God saw David’s heart. While he was alone out in the field, with no one even paying attention to him, David was worshiping His Creator. He was playing praise songs on his harp, and saturating himself with the beauty of nature which surrounded him. The young boy also was very diligent in fulfilling his duty to protect the sheep. Later in Samuel, we discover that at different times, a lion and a bear had attacked the sheep. Yet David had been able to chase the predators, kill them, and deliver his flock. His bravery had come from his trust in God’s strength and protection.

Now, centuries later, God is still looking for the David-type heart. The David-type heart is one that, first of all, praises God and trusts in Him. If you want to get a clearer picture check out the Psalms. Most of those were written by David – and many of them speak of the beauty of creation, the greatness of our God, and the trust David has for God’s protection, deliverance,and provision. Then the David-type heart is one that is diligent. He perseveres in his duty, faithful to fulfill his mission – even if it seems small and insignificant. Thirdly, the David-type heart is brave, not cowardly. When obstacles presented themselves, he plowed through the barriers with faith that God was on his side – and God was on his side. Again and again he had the victory.

So you may think that you are insignificant and that no one is noticing you. Well, I promise you that God is noticing. He knows your thoughts, your desires, and your attitudes. He wants to show Himself strong on your behalf, if your heart is right. If you have David’s heart, you have a promising future. Just keep praising God, maintain your diligence, and be brave in the causes He brings your way. In time, you will see God’s plan for you unfolding. There is no greater joy than that which comes from being in God’s perfect will.

II Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to His.

You can be a recipient of this benefit. As you pray, ask God to help you have a heart toward Him – loyal, full of praise, and brave. You won’t be disappointed.

Forever Upward!

 

Facing The Abyss

Facing The Abyss

I once read about a highly successful fitness expert, Bill Phillips, whose training helped many people improve their health and their stamina. Yet he was always amazed at the numbers of out-of-shape people who would approach him and thank him for his books. It’s as if they didn’t realize that he could tell at a glance that they were not implementing his ideas. He began to challenge people to “face the abyss,” that infinite chasm between knowing and doing.

Our western society has become a “spectator society.” We watch our teams win, and we think we have accomplished something. We watch news and our favorite TV series, and we trick ourselves into thinking we are in on the action. (more…)

David’s Secrets

David’s Secrets

When we look at David in the Bible, we see a man who knew many facets of life. He started out as an insignificant shepherd boy and wound up as a great king. He spent time living in caves, hiding from King Saul, who was trying to kill him. Then he spent many years in the palace ruling over the great nation of Israel.

He had many people who hated him (even his own son, Absalom, tried to steal his throne), and many who loved him dearly. He sinned horrifically, as he committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed. He also showed powerful character as he repented and forgave so quickly.

Through it all, God called David a “man after God’s own heart.” How did he manage to be God’s man through all of that? There were two things which stood out all the way through David’s life. (more…)

To A Young Intellectual, Part 2

To A Young Intellectual, Part 2

 

When I first began my search for truth, God began to speak to me in unusual ways. (At least they were unusual for me at the time).

In January, 1981, American hostages were being held in Iran. The Embassy had been overthrown and all the government workers had been held captive for more than a year…a tense situation indeed.

One night, just as my head hit the pillow, a voice said, “What if you could send a coded message to the hostages with a perfect plan of escape?” Of course, I said, “That would be great!” But I have to admit, I was confused by the thought. (more…)

To A Young Intellectual

To A Young Intellectual

As I scan across the internet and see what people are saying, I find certain themes are prevalent. Many – especially young people – are questioning the existence of God. Is He real? Does He speak to us? And what about Jesus? What is He all about? Is He a myth?

These questions are sometimes posed outright, but more often implied in the views which are expressed. Furthermore, peoples’ actions give them away. It’s obvious that the many distractions of our age, whether they are career achievements, sports, or social life, can dull the nudge within a person’s heart. Often it seems that people don’t care.

This saddens me, but doesn’t surprise me. There have been so many mistakes by those of us in “organized Christianity.” Hypocrisy, apathy,and in-fighting sometimes have made us poor role models. But the faults of others don’t have to determine your life. (more…)