Sept 24 - Developing Your Heart for God, Part 1
In the bible, the story of David starts after the Lord rejects Saul as king over Israel, and God tells Samuel that one of Jesse’s sons will be the next king. He tells Samuel, “Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate. (1 Samuel 1:3)” Jesse arrived at the sacrifice to present seven of his handsome, strong, remarkable older sons, but the Lord told Samuel he didn’t want any of these men. He told Jesse to send for his youngest son, David.
1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
David’s family didn’t believe he was even worth presenting to Samuel, but the Lord knew the small boy had the skills and gifts, but most importantly, the faith and the heart to grow to be the king that Israel needed. He had absolute faith and a stubborn love for the God he served. Throughout his life, David was not afraid to love God with a sense of wild abandon and unguarded passion. Many of his writings throughout Psalms reflect his open adoration of the Lord.
Psalm 111:2-3 Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever.
But he balanced this uninhibited love with deep reflection. He spent time in intentional solitude, reflecting and praying, praising the Lord and asking to be more like him.
Psalm 86:11-12 Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.
All Christians should strive to have a heart like David. We need to set down our devices and step away from our busy lives in order to enjoy time of deep reflection, alone with God. And we should work towards loving our God with wild abandon, worshiping, praising, giving, and loving like never before. If you are able to express loyalty and love as David did, you should consider your life a success.