David's Purpose: God's Glory (30 of 49) by John Barnett

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David's Purpose: God's Glory (30 of 49)
Series: Discovering David's Spiritual Secret
John Barnett
1 Samuel 13:14

I just want to start introducing our focus with I Samuel 13:14 and of course Saul was, as always, getting in trouble and we won't even detail his life. He was truly the man after man's own heart but in the darkness of the hour with all the difficulties arising from his disobedience we find Samuel the prophet saying in 1 Samuel 13:14:

"But now your kingdom shall not endure. The LORD has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart,
What a beautiful phrase. We've all heard that, thought about that, described David thusly but what a beautiful thing that the oracle or very mouth piece of God, the prophet of God, Samuel would look that king--- the first king--- that fearfully powerful and yet incredibly weak man, Saul, right in the eye and say your kingdom is falling apart, friend because God isn't looking for someone after man's own heart but--
the LORD has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you."

I'd like to introduce being after God's own heart. What does that entail? What caused God to say such a thing about a normal man that was normal in fact even so manly and so human that we know perhaps often as much about his failures as we do his successes. What constitutes, what elements together comprise a man that God would assess as being after His own heart? And I'd like to consider this just in 3 areas. First of all:

I. WHERE DOES DAVID FIT IN THE SCOPE OF THE SCRIPTURAL PORTRAITS OF GOD'S SERVANTS?

I was fascinated with this, I was spending some time----and I love biographies and I could preach every week on biographies because I just really see the Scripture as a hall of profiles of how God used normal people and it's very inspiring to me just to see that he can pick a shepherd that's rough and very unlettered as Amos from Tekoa was and took an old burley fisherman t ...


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