Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Man After God's Own Heart

What was so special about David? He collected wives, he never reconciled with his son Absalom even though he had the chance, and as far as I know he was the only Bible hero to commit both adultery (rape?) and murder. He seemed all too flawed. And yet he of all people was a man after God's own heart. Why?

There may be a number of reasons, but the one that stands out to me is found in the words of Psalm 51:11: "Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me." That prayer says a lot about David's heart. He wasn't focused on the devastating consequences of his moral collapse--he worried most about his standing with God. He loved God above all else.

David's psalms make that clear. His relationship with God was not about hollow platitudes tossed like a bone at God; it was raw, deep, and authentic. And it meant more to him than anything.

Personally, I don't care that much for dutiful acts done on my behalf. If somebody had to do it, it usually just makes me feel a little guilty. But I really appreciate spontaneous acts of love or kindness, no matter how small. I also like it when people ask me for help, because it means that they decided that I could and would help them.

God has emotions just like we do. He wants us to love him. He wants us to trust him with our innermost struggles. He wants us to ask him to meet our needs, with the expectation that he can and will help. And he wants us to obey, not out of a sense of duty, but to please him. He wants all this because he loves us.

In spite of all his flaws, David was God's friend. And God wants each of us to be his friend. (John 15:15)

5 comments:

3 Blessings said...

Your writings are always so beautiful. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.

Put on your fanciest outfit and join me at my blog for an award ceremony :)You have been nominated...

Blessings,
Amy

Cindy said...

I like this one.

Anette Acker said...

Thank you so much for the nomination, Amy! I enjoy reading your blog as well.

Thanks, Cindy!

Q said...

Mrs. Acker, I just found your blog when doing a search on "Gandhi & Christianity." Your thoughts really resonated with me, so I continued reading. This post on David is exactly what I needed to "hear" today...

Anette Acker said...

Thank you for your kind words, Q. I appreciate you reading my blog, and I'm glad this post spoke to you.