So far in our study we’ve seen David as:
And now this week we focus on David: The Man After God’s Heart.
What I love most about David was his love for God. Yes, we know from last week that David had his weak areas of his life, like we all do. But what was it about David that God would describe him as “a man after God’s own heart?”
I believe it was his love for God.
Even though David sinned; even though he made mistakes… David loved God.
We see the contrast so clearly between David and Saul.
Both men sinned, but it was David’s heart that was crushed when Nathan confronted him about his sin. What was his response?
“I have sinned against the Lord.” (2 Samuel 12:13)
His concern was his relationship with God.
David sinned and admitted it. But he didn’t stop right there. David went further and did something about it. He sought reconciliation. David wanted to be right with God. It grieved him that he had broken his relationship with God and he would do anything to fix it.
Chuck Swindoll, in his book: David, states that there are three qualities God saw in David that He loved: David’s spirituality, his humility, and his integrity. All are qualities that remind God of His son, Jesus.
Let’s take a closer look at each in David’s life…
David loved what God loved. He was burdened by what burdened God. David’s priority was living his life for God but he didn’t just talk about living for God; he put his faith into action in his life. He tried to listen and obey God in most areas of his life. When God confronted him with his sin, David took steps to change and repented of his sin. Bottom line: David’s heart was sensitive to the things of God.
“For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those who heart is completely His…” – 2 Chronicles 16:9
Do you want to be a woman described as “a woman after God’s own heart?” Then give your heart completely to the Lord. Love what He loves, hate what He hates, hurt when He hurts, and rejoice over what He rejoices over.
Make Him your first priority. Your first love.
Years of tending sheep and being the youngest in a family of boys taught David to be humble. He wasn’t his father’s first pick. He wasn’t Samuel’s first choice. But he was God’s. In David, God saw a young man who had a servant’s heart: one who faithfully served in the fields tending sheep; one willing to run errands back and forth to his brothers on the battle lines. David faithfully served and helped those who didn’t appreciate it.
David wasn’t out to make a name for himself, but when the time arose he also wasn’t about to allow God’s name to be trampled on and disgraced. David learned to be humble when he needed to be humble but he also learned God-given strength out in those lonely fields. He knew when to take a stand and had the courage to do so.
“From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him,
To shepherd Jacob His people,
And Israel His inheritance.
So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart,
And guided them with his skillful hands.” – Psalm 78:71-72
Integrity – what we do when nobody’s watching. David is described as having integrity of heart. Remember, God doesn’t look at the outward appearance, He looks at our hearts. (1 Samuel 16:7)
Ohhh sweet friends, as we learn more and more about David we see that we don’t have to be women who are perfect, who are sinless, and who have our acts all together. God is looking for women who love Him. Women who want to serve Him in whatever “field” He is calling them to. Women whose hearts are His – giving Him access to the good and the bad so that He can do a mighty work first IN them and then THROUGH them for His glory!
Week 7 Challenge: In response to what our nation is going through right now, our challenge this week is to take time out EVERY morning to pray for our nation. Pray for our people to respond in love through the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray for our nation: that hearts will be softened, forgiveness will be extended, and love will be accepted. We must remember that “GREATER is HE who is in us than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 (paraphrased)
WE are not here by accident. God has a divine purpose for each of us living here at this exact time and we ALL have a part that we can play in helping our nation through this difficult time. Let’s choose to be a light in the darkness and shine for Jesus! Let’s be women who not only READ God’s Word but women who DO God’s Word! May WE be WOMEN after God’s own heart!
Share a prayer for our country in today’s comments and let’s join TOGETHER in God’s Word and through the power of prayer!
Love God Greatly!
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We are SUPER excited to share with you our next fall study: You Are Forgiven!!! Whitney, Jen, Joy and I have been busy behind the scenes writing our new BOOK and we can’t wait to share it with you! For this study You Are Forgiven will include chapters for each week, personal testimonies, as well as all the regular amazing content that we include with each journal! You Are Forgiven will be a book and journal combined! We can’t wait for you to see it! In the meantime, plan on joining us for our fall study which starts August 29th! We’d love to have you join us! You won’t want to miss it!