by Lenny Ports

The Heart of David: A Study of a Worshiper of God
Lenny Ports
1 Samuel 16:6-13

Last week we talked about the heart of worship - that worship comes from within the heart and is expressed out of a heart of love to Jesus because He loved us first. Worship is not limited to a music style or genre, or tradition. It is not based on where one worships. It comes from the Heart and it's all about Jesus.

It is not the outward show that God looks at. God doesn't need you to be a perfect singer. God looks at the heart. God sees the heart of a person and is not impressed with outward appearance. I said this last week, if someone gets saved in the ghetto and all he knows is RAP music, and he writes a RAP song for Jesus, do you think I am going to kick him out of my church? Absolutely not, because if his RAP song is his offering to God, it came from his heart and that is true worship.

This week I want us to do a case study on famous figure in Scripture. His name is David. He is the one who slew the giant Philistine named Goliath. He was the one who was anointed king even though he may not have looked the part, because God saw his heart. Throughout David's life, although he made many mistakes, and had plenty of opportunities to give up and get discouraged, he remained a worshiper of God. What a difference a life can be when the worship of God is a priority! When worship is the response to all circumstances in life, Victory is certain to follow!

When we look at the life of David, we can see a trend. From a young age, David had a reverence for God in his heart, and understood the power of His God. Our story is taken from 1 Samuel and coming into Chapter 16, God speaks to a prophet by the name of Samuel to go to the house of Jesse and to anoint the next king from among Jesse's sons. Pick up the story in:

1 Samuel 16:6 So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, ''Surely the Lord's anointed is before Him.'' 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, ''Do not loo ...

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