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A New Heart For Godliness (2 of 4)
A New Heart For The New Year
Temple Baptist Church
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles again this morning and be finding your place at the middle of your Bible if you would. Last week we began a series of studies on our spiritual stewardship from the songs of David that we have entitled, "A New Heart For The New Year." And what we're doing in this series of studies is seeing what we can learn about having a heart for God and the things of God from a man who the Bible says was a man after God's own heart. Now, last week I cited those verses, one from the Old Testament and one from the New, but I never quoted those verses, so let me do that for you right now.
The first time that we find this phrase, "a man after God's own heart" is in 1st Samuel 13. Samuel is explaining to King Saul that God would have made his kingdom an enduring kingdom, but because he disregarded and disobeyed the commands of God, he would lose his kingdom and David would become king because God had found in him a man after His own heart. Verses 13-14, "And Samuel said to Saul, "You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which He commanded you. For now the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 "But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you." And so, we find here the timeless truth that if you exalt yourself, God will humble you, but if you will humble yourself, God will exalt you.
The next time that we find this phrase is in Acts 13:22, and basically what you have here is Paul recounting what we just read about, and he says, "And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, 'I have found David the son of Jesse ...
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