by Roger Thomas

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2 Samuel—A Man After God's Own Heart (1 of 10)
Through the Bible
Roger Thomas
1 Samuel 13:4

Introduction: What impresses God? If you own the cattle on a thousand hills, it can't be wealth or possessions. If you are all knowing and understand the end from the beginning, it can't be smarts or education. If you created the sun and moon and stars, cause the thunder to roll and the lightening to flash, it can't be strength or power. If you created the rainbow, the sunset, and the purple mountains majesty, it surely isn't artistic talent. Nor musical ability—if you made the songbird, the babbling brook, and the very laws of physics that make tones melodious to the human ear.

What is it that impresses God? We find at least a partial answer to that question is the subject of our study tonight—David. We know David as the second king of Israel, the shepherd boy turned giant killer, the writer of most of the Psalms. But more importantly than all of that, David is described as a "man after God's own heart" (1 Sam 13:14). Why? What was it about David that so impressed God?

A clue to our search is found at the first appearance of David. Saul had been anointed first King of Israel. Saul's story quickly unravels into an ever-descending spiral of spiritual darkness and emotional collapse. When Samuel the prophet is directed to anoint a new king, the Lord leads him to David's home. At first the prophet assumes that one of David's other brothers must be the logical choice. But the Lord points him toward the younger David with this bit of guidance, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him (speaking of David's brother Eliab). The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Sam 16:7).

If we can discover what God saw in David's heart, perhaps we will find what God is looking for in us! Once we know, then perhaps we can set our sights on ...

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