Today’s post is from a guest blogger, Kathi Miles. Kathi and her husband, Greg, have been long time friends of my wife and me. Her blog (gotta love the name) is, “Ramblings For The Weary Traveler.” I invite you to check her blog out and start following, at: http://kjoymiles.blogspot.com/
Thank you, Kathi, for contributing to this blog.
The Story I Want to Tell
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about King David and the fact that God called him “A Man After My Own Heart.” Even though God knew all that he would do wrong, He also had no doubt that David would do what He wanted Him to.
I’ve read stories and articles pointing out the reasons why God referred to David that way, but no matter what I read, I can’t help but recall that David sinned and sinned big. He was a murderer, an adulterer, and a liar and yet this is his legacy. This is what God saw.
As I read through the Psalms of David, I feel as though I am honing in on something so personal and intimate that I shouldn’t be there and yet, I can’t leave. I covet every thought, every word and every feeling David felt. I want to identify with his heart, his trust and his passion for God. To experience the same sorrow over my sins and have the same desire to please God as he did.
And that is what God has been doing in my heart. He is bringing me to that place of deep sorrow and giving me a longing to please and obey Him even though my obedience isn’t necessary to maintain His love and I can never be more righteous before Him than I am right now.
Yes, David knew a love for God that most of us never will and never do. He understood the grace that I have only just begun to grasp but, like David, God is giving me a hunger for more, not just for more of His grace but for more of the One who bestows it.
It is Jesus that David desired. Not just His provisions, His gifts, His strength and His calling. It wasn’t His power, His protection, and His forgiveness he thirsted for. It was God himself. He ran after Him and enjoyed Him. He danced for Him and kissed His face in worship. David’s story is a love story. Jesus’ love for Him and his love for Jesus. That’s the story I want to tell.
Yes, God called David, “A Man After My Own Heart” because that’s what he was and that’s what I want to be too.
Psalm 63:1 “Oh God, You are my God; earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh faints for You, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
Psalm 63:3 “Because Your love is better than life, my lips will praise You.”
Acts 13:22 “I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.”
John 15:14 “You are my friends if you do what I command.”
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