by Steve Jones

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David, Real Heart Part 2 (21 of 32)
Series: David - Keeping It Real
Steve Jones
II Samuel 9

(To the tune of "If I only had a heart" by the Tin Man on the Wizard of Oz)

I could think of last week's sermon
My preacher worked so hard on
It was a work of art
I'd remember David's mission
And the dogs that Steve was dissin
If I only had a heart

I'd forget about the haters
Who beat my Florida Gators
And tore my hopes apart
I could still count my blessins
Just by listening to Steve's lesson
If I only had a heart

What Mephibosheth can teach me
That God can never reach me
Unless I do my part
I could listen to the story
And go home to him in glory
If I only had a heart

We've been in a sermon series based upon the life of David entitled, "Keeping it Real" and today we're keeping it real with real heart. The Bible calls David a "man after God's own heart" because SOME of his actions reflect the heart of God. Such is the case with the episode of David's life we're studying today. If you'll recall, we began this particular message last Sunday. This is the account of David and Mephibosheth. Let's review.

First, David has come into power as the new king of Israel. Once in power, David went on a mission from God, a mission to show God's kindness to a descendent of Saul. This reflected the heart of God because God is himself a missionary. God has been pursuing man since the Garden of Eden.

Secondly, the object of David's mercy was an unfortunate young man named Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth was the crippled, orphaned grandson of a despot king. In his own words Mephibosheth was a "dead dog" when David found him. This reflects the heart of God in that he shows his mercy and kindness to mankind even though our sin against God has crippled us, orphaned us and placed us squarely in the camp of the rebellious enemies of God.

Thirdly, David showed kindness to Mephibosheth for Jonathan's sake. I called this the Jona ...

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