After his incredible defeat of the monstrous Goliath, David is thrust into nation-wide fame and success, but as Proverbs 27:21 says, “the crucible is for silver and the furnace is for gold, and a man is tested by his praise.” How will David, a man after God’s own heart, handle his newfound celebrity status?
The greatest lesson we can learn from examining the life of David—shepherd, warrior, king, psalmist—is that, despite his sins, he was truly a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). In the first of this new series, we’re introduced to David as someone the Lord has set apart for his faithfulness, for his character, for his courage, but especially, for his heart. Get ready to learn from David’s life!
When we are saved, we assume that our worship of the Lord is pure and blameless. But in our continuing study of the life of David, we learn today that even he, a man after God’s own heart, could be presumptuous and careless in his worship. Beware of the warning signs that you may be living a double life in the sight of God! We need a pure heart and clean hands to approach the throne.
How incredible and lifesaving is the power of biblical friendship? In our continuing study of the life of David, God’s book reveals that even when he is feeling most anxious, alone and vulnerable, David will be provided a true and loyal friend in Jonathan, who reminds David to look only to the Lord for strength and truth. We must remember that our best friend, whom we seek when life is great as well as when things look bleak, is our Saviour Jesus Christ!
As we continue in our study of David, we arrive at one of the most famous stories in Scripture: the mighty battle of David versus Goliath. But this awesome, powerful story is really about God and His glory versus the sin and evil that plagues our world. Rest in the knowledge that no matter how gargantuan your enemy, if you have the Lord behind you, you cannot lose!
Charles Spurgeon said, "God will not allow His children to sin successfully." In today's climactic and heartbreaking study, God confronts David with his terrible sin by sending Nathan to tell him a parable about a man and his lamb. Instantly, David's heart is restored, his wound lanced and he starts to heal, once again a man after God's own heart. What terrible sin do you have on your heart? Repent and be cleansed!
Spiritual heart failure is an insidious downward spiral that begins innocently enough. In today’s study, we learn that even David, a man after God’s own heart, succumbed to weakness because of his earthly desires of the flesh. He commits adultery and murder, and his life is torn apart as he disobeys the Lord he loves so much. It takes contrition and repentance to truly heal the heart, but when we give our lives—and our hearts—to God, He lovingly cleanses us of all our sins.
In our continuing study of the life of David, a man after God’s own heart, we delve today into his Psalm 15, where he examines who may dwell in the presence of the Lord. We learn that if we are truly saved in Christ, we must continue to strive to have integrity, fidelity, purity, consistency and immovability. Time for a heart check! Are these the passions you’re pursuing?
As if David’s life has not been trying enough, God leads him into yet another crisis. He faces a devastating blow, but does he give up? No. He strengthens himself in the Lord His God. Let’s learn from David’s example and know that when crisis comes, you can find your strength in the Lord, your wisdom from the Lord and, inevitably, your victory in the Lord.
What does integrity mean to you? Today, we examine the role of integrity in David’s life as he is presented with the opportunity to easily kill his enemy, Saul. With mercy, respect, goodness, integrity and love, David once again demonstrates why he is a man after God’s own heart. Let’s marvel once again at David’s determination to follow his love for, and faith in, the Lord.