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A New Heart For A New Year
Temple Baptist Church
INTRO: Alright, I want you to take your Bibles one last time this morning and be finding your place at the 24th Psalm. We have been in a series of messages during the month of January that have focused on our spiritual stewardship. And so far what we've done during this month of messages is simply taken a psalm a Sunday and study it to find out what we could learn about how to have a new heart for God, a new heart for godliness, and how to have a new heart for the gospel. And the reason why we've been studying the psalms of David is because, as we've learned over the past three weeks, David was a man who the Bible says, not just once, but twice, had the heart of God. And so the reason why we've been studying these psalms, or songs, of David is to see what we could learn about having the kind of heart that God wants us to have from a man who had that kind of heart.
Now, just to be honest with you, I've wondered and pondered over the past four weeks -- why David? I mean, there were a lot of times that he was nothing more than a rascal -- and that's being polite. He was an adulterer. He was a murderer. He was a conspirator. He was given to wander far from the Lord. So, the real question that I've wrestled with is again -- why David?
ILLUS: Chuck Swindoll in his book on David says that there are three reasons why David was said to be a man after God's own heart. The first is spirituality. That means that whatever God said, David did. If God said, "Turn right," David turned right. If God said "Jump," David jumped. And really, that's the bottom line of Christianity. Hearing and heeding the Word of God. The second reason for why David was called a man after God's own heart was because of his humility. Even though he would become the greatest King in the history of Israel, David still had a servant's heart. And the ...
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