Nov 26 - Developing Your Heart for God, Part 8
Updated: Jul 12, 2019
This past Sunday, Greg completed his series on Developing Your Heart for God and his teachings on the life of David. We spent most of this series reading from 1 Samuel, but this week we jumped to the New Testament and looked at several passages such as Matthew 1:1, Matthew 15:22, and Mark 10:47 where we see Jesus referred to as Jesus the Messiah, the son of David.
Why, throughout all of Jesus’s lineage, do the Israelites look 1,000 years back to David? Because in all that time, there was only one small period when their country was united, at peace, and not oppressed by other nations: under the reign of King David. The people longed for another leader who could unite them and bring hope and healing. They looked to Jesus to make things right again, as they had been with David. But they didn’t realize He would bring them so much more.
Over the past couple months, we have learned so much from David, but we must remember David is not the answer to developing our hearts for God; he is merely an example. Jesus is where we find hope. When brokenness and hopelessness make their way into our lives, we need to turn our eyes away from the problem and turn them towards God instead. If we aren’t desperate for money or status, but instead are desperate for God’s will to be fulfilled through us, Jesus will bring us the healing we need. He is never too busy to bring hope to our desperate situations.
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.
Let’s learn from David’s example and position our hearts in a way that we are always ready to receive the Lord. Focus on His presence and you will find hope in any seemingly-hopeless situation.