Heart Stayed On God. King David Was Called A Man After God’s Own Heart. His Staying Power In The Presence Of God, Humility, Faithfulness And Love For God And Man Gave Him A Special Place In The Heart Of God.
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Abundant grace to follow
Give me grace to follow
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Thank You, Lord, for today. Thank You for the miracle of sleeping and waking. Thank You for the salvation of my soul. Thank You for saving me and my family.
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Topic: – Heart Stayed on God.
Text: 1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
When Israel asked for a King in 1 Samuel 8, it grieved Samuel who felt rejected. God however consoles him, insisting that Israel rejected God and not Samuel. Although God warned Israel about the highhandedness of the kings that were to come, His love for Israel was such that with every king, He plainly gave them the opportunity to be a part of God’s posterity. What was the problem with King Saul, Solomon, Jeroboam and many other kings? Why did they all, except David of course, fail to stay on the path of obedience and lasting blessings?
For King Solomon, God told him as much in 1 Kings 11: 9-13.
9. And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,
10. And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lord commanded.
11. Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.
12. Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.
13. Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake which I have chosen.
For Jeroboam, God said in 1 Kings 11:38 – And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.
Of course, Jeroboam failed to meet God’s standard.
I have been studying the Kings over the past few weeks and realized a few significant differences between David and these other kings.
1. Staying Power – In the wilderness, while tending sheep, David learnt the ways of the Lord. He learnt to depend on Him for sustenance and safety. He learnt to trust God for Talent and Inspiration. The Bible called David a warrior, a talented musician, a worshipper, etc. He learnt all these over a long time in the solitude of the wilderness but in the presence of the Lord. David was not in haste to rule or lead. He focused on pleasing God and defending whatever God had put under his care; sheep first and then the people of God (after He was anointed King). No wonder in Psalms 51:11 he craved for the continuing presence of the Lord.
2. Humility – David never opposed God or rebelled against instructions from any servant of the Lord. Rather, he was quick to humble himself in acknowledgement that all that he was and would ever be came from God. See 2 Samuel 12 for David`s response to Prophet Nathan.
3. Covenant Keeper – This is one key attribute I saw in David. He never went back on His word. He kept his promises. See him seeking for Jonathan`s descendants to do them good in 2 Samuel 9:1 in fulfilment of the promise made to Jonathan while escaping from Saul. See him in 2 Samuel 19:23 and 1 Kings 2:8 keeping his word not to kill Shimei who had cursed him while he fled from Absalom.
4. Deep Lover (of God and His people) – David loved much. His love for God was such that he continued to serve King Saul long after He was nearly pinned to the wall by Saul’s javelin. His love for God was to such an extent that he would not kill Saul (to enable him ascend the throne) long after He was anointed king. David would not kill Absalom and wept bitterly at his death, despite Absalom’s treason.
David was called a man after God’s own heart. His staying power in the presence of God, humility, faithfulness and love (for God and man) gave him a special place in the heart of God.
1. Father please grant that I grow in these godly attributes (perseverance in your presence, humility, faithfulness and love) in Jesus Name
2. Father please keep me and my loved ones continually be in your Presence in Jesus Name. Amen.