In Samuel we read about God‘s search to find someone whose heart is like His.
“The Lord hath sought Him a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14 KJV).”
I believe this has to do with someone who will attach her/his heart to God’s heart. Many years ago I developed a statement that I wanted to live by while I am on this earth. Within this declaration I wrote “to be a friend with God.” I’ve always felt deeply intrigued that David and Moses were both called “friends of God.” I longed for that kind of relationship with the Heavenly Father.
As I’ve studied the lives of David and Moses, I learned they were men whose hearts were attached to God’s. They talked with Him as you and I communicate. They poured out to Him their fears, joys, worship and concerns. They were men who knew God’s heart and He knew theirs. Through their years on the earth they and the Father became best friends.
As the Lord was looking for someone who had a heart that was seeking after Him, He found David and Moses. They were ready. Their lives had been characterized by a multitude of choices to seek after God. You and I have the same opportunity. Take a moment to ponder your heart. What is your heart about? What does your heart have to do with?
Doesn’t our heart involve our deepest feelings and thoughts? Can you believe that your Father God, the God of the universe, is personal enough that He is seeking you, (your name) ___________________, to connect your whole heart to His?
It’s interesting when reading the Psalms to note the model relationship God and David enjoyed. They were so connected, so close, so in tune with one another. It appears that the very thing that made David such a significant person had to do with his obsession with God. David wrote,
“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple (Psalm 27:4 Paraphrased).”
Isn’t that breathtaking? David’s longing was to dwell (the dictionary says to lodge, have your home, stay, abide) with the Father. And to gaze (again the dictionary says to stare, to scrutinize) on His beauty—all the days of his life. David certainly was a man preoccupied with the love of God and that preoccupation attached his heart to God’s in a completely intimate way.
Yet—there were those other obsessions in David’s life. According to the scriptures, David was at times consumed by fear, pride and selfish ambitions. David was capable of any sin. He often gave in to impulsive, careless passions and even purposeful wrong decisions. That was David, a man driven by lust and by the love of God. Doesn’t this sound like us? Like you and me? Preoccupied with the Father, but exhausted by pride, self, lust. David’s two obsessions make him so familiar to me! I feel like David is my kind of person. I assume you are feeling the same. Women love the Psalms because we so identify with David‘s heart.
Attached to God’s Heart
But David’s main focus was his passion for God, “A man after My own heart.” That is precisely what God said about David even with all of his fleshly strongholds. I love this about David and God. It normalizes my own struggles. It gives me the knowledge that in the midst of my continual battles between living in love with the Father and falling impulsively into pride, envy and covetousness, I’m still God’s kind of woman. And then I know that the more closely you and I, ladies, are attached to God’s heart, the more clearly we’ll hear His voice, just as David heard His voice.
Rather than turning to -isms during a difficult time, taking the time to know the Father’s heart and attach ours to His will move us toward more deeply trusting our loving Lord, no matter what the cost. The more intimate we become with our capable Father God, the need to fix and control our difficult situation will quiet down. There is great rest as we let go of our controls and choose to, by faith, believe the Father will only do for me what is best.
“Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28 KJV).”
“1 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:1 NKJV).”
Take a moment, right where you’re sitting, to open a secret in your heart to the Father. He already knows what’s in each crook and cranny of your heart. Tell Him something you’re really afraid about or a sin you’re battling with. Let Him comfort you as you read Psalm 46.
Listen to the Father speak the words directly from His heart to yours.
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