“I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice.” Psalm 116:1
Looking at David’s heart, where can we see God’s heart? Psalm 116:1 states, “I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice.” Do you have a boss or a person you wish you could gain an audience with? Maybe you feel like you aren’t good enough. Well, David says that he loves the Lord just because he knows God has heard his voice. He hasn’t even received an answer for prayer. Just knowing God hears him, unleashes love that David has for God.
David is faithful and trusting of the Lord. Psalm 16:8 says, “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken for He is right beside me.” As a young boy even before Goliath, God was with David. In trying to convince Saul to fight Goliath, David recounted his times as a shepherd when he had to defend his herd from lions and bears. David’s faith and trust in the Lord were so deep that people around him thought he was crazy for wanting to take on Goliath.
David knew and respected the the holiness of God. Psalm 5:7 says, “Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.” David considered God his friend, but he also recognized and knew the that God deserved respect, honor, holiness, and awe. As such, David approached Him in such a way. Likewise, we need to approach God in this same manner. Does God desire to commune with us; absolutely. However, let us never approach God in an apathetic manner that causes us to lose sight of His holiness.
In 2 Samuel 7:18, David says, “Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and prayed, ‘Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?’” David is humbled by what the Lord has done in his life and where the Lord has taken him from a lowly shepherd to king. Despite being king, power does not go to his head, for David knows the blessings come from the hand of God.
1 Kings 5:5 says, “Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.” Throughout all his days, David was obedient to God, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite which is a discussion for another day. David was still human and thereby not perfect, but God said that he was obedient.
In the matter of Uriah the Hittite, David was confronted by the prophet Nathan. After which 2 Samuel 12:13-14 tells us, “Then David confessed to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ Nathan replied, ‘Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the word of the Lord by doing this, your child will die.’” Since we are human and not perfect, to have the heart of God in matters, we need to know how to repent. David knew how to get down on his face and confess his sin. He knew how to experience the cleansing and washing over of God’s forgiveness. As men and women, God allows us to choose our sin if we so desire; however, the consequences for those sins are up to God. There usually is a higher cost of consequences than the pleasures of the sin. David experienced great pain for the rest of his life because of this choice.
So, after looking at a very small part of God’s heart, and what caused God to say David was a man after His heart, do you desire God’s heart in the matters of your life? Humbleness, reverence, trust, love, devotion, obedience, wisdom, and faithfulness are characteristics of David’s heart. God is looking for this in each of us. Psalm 14:2 says, “The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 states, “The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” God wants to use us for His glory. God desires a relationship with us. Seek God out. Pick out one characteristic and ask God to work it out in you. He is knocking. Today is the day to open the door and invite Him into your life.
Prayer Starter: Father, we give you all the glory, honor, and praise. We thank you that Your Word is full of examples to follow. Thank you for your servant, David, who exemplified what it means to have a heart after Your own heart. Help us to develop a desire to want the things You want, to hate the things You hate, to see things as You see them. Thank You for loving me before I was even in my mother’s womb. We ask You to help us to know You better, in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.