I’ve been really thinking about the heart devoted to God. This past Sunday I preached a lesson on David’s heart. The selection and anointing of David as King of Israel as a
young man had to be a crazy situation for him to go through; but even wackier for his Dad and brothers. We talked about being children of God’s heart; the Bible says David was a man after God’s own heart. But what qualities did he have that made him be referred to in that way? The scripture says in I Samuel 16:7,“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
David was probably a 11-12 year old kid at this point. Who knows how many hours he had been shepherding in the fields all by himself. Most folks who had any livestock probably had at least some servants. David was not only the youngest of the sons, but he was also the son of Jesse; a man who was definitely not made out of money. Jesse was a man of moderate means. Like most other Jewish families of that day, he had to use the resources at his disposal. Being the youngest brother… guess who had shepherd duty? Countless hours on the hillside; fighting off wild animals, watching the horizon, the animals, the fields… nature.
The Bible calls David a man after God’s own heart. But what made him that way? What qualities did he possess that let him be described that way?
I’d say it had a lot to do with his spare time; the time on those hills watching sheep do their thing, and plenty of time to think. Time for him to focus on what he was taught as a kid in his mother’s arms, and cultivated it through his writing; time in prayer and penning what are now known as the Psalms. But the interesting thing about solitude and nature is that God often speaks to us loudly during those times. Psalm 78:70-71 says,
“He chose David his servant
and took him from the sheep pens;
from tending the sheep he brought him
to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
of Israel his inheritance.”
•David’s heart was focused on God in every situation.
•He held God high as the great Creator, Master and Lord of all things.
•He was humble but courageous, based on his trust in God’s power and blessings in his life.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart…
They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
to all who call on him in truth.
19He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
3 I will not look with approval
on anything that is vile.
I hate what faithless people do;
I will have no part in it.
4 The perverse of heart shall be far from me;
I will have nothing to do with what is evil.
God doesn’t see as man sees, but God looks on the heart. What a relief. The last thing I need, is to think I’m displeasing to God b/c I can’t fit into skinny jeans, and don’t have money and fame.