“You would not be pleased with sacrifices, or I would bring them.  If I brought you a burnt offering, you would not accept it.         The sacrifice you want is a broken spirit.  A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise.”

– Psalm 51:16- 17    written by David

 If you watch tv you’ve probably seen the credit card commercials that ask, “What’s in your wallet?” 

God is asking, “What’s in your heart?”

The Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart.  We first meet David as a young shepherd boy who is chosen by God to be anointed as a future King.  What an unlikely choice he is!   He’s a child and a lowly shepherd.  Why would God choose him to be the king of His chosen people? Most likely it’s because David had a heart that was pleasing to God. 

At a young age David had the faith to do what no soldier could – stand up to a giant.  Armed with only his faith and a slingshot, he used the skills he learned as a shepherd and claimed faith in God’s provisions, and slayed the giant!  David grew up in the palace serving Saul, the king before him.  Even though Saul became jealous of David and tried several times to kill  him, David paid honor and respect to Saul when he died (2nd Samuel 1:19-27).  Eventually David took over the throne as king and led the Israelite (Hebrew) people in godly ways.  He found favor in the Lord’s eyes and was given victories in battles as well as many earthly blessings, too.  David was respected and prospered as a king.  

 David wasn’t perfect, though.  He made his share of mistakes.  Despite his faith and love for the Lord, he sinned, then sinned again to cover up the first sin, creating a snowball effect of sins.  When confronted by a prophet about his sins, David immediately felt great remorse and offered God his repentent heart.  He poured out his heart in prayers seeking the Lord’s forgiveness, but he still had to face the consequences of his actions.  David bravely faced his consequences, and again turned to the Lord in prayer, wanting to do only what would be right and pleasing to the Lord. 

David also failed to tend to his children and discipline them as needed.  He allowed them to commit sinful acts and to live less than godly lives.  He also failed at times to heed God’s directions for him.

Yet, despite all these sins, wrongful acts, and bad decisions, the Bible says David was a man after God’s own heart!  How could that be after all the sins he committed and mistakes he made?

To me, the answer is simple.  It’s because God knew David’s heart.  He knew how much David loved him and sought to please him. David didn’t dwell on past mistakes or losses.  He offered the proper times of repentence and mourning, humbly accepted the consequences for his actions, then got right back up to go in the direction God called him to go.  He gave God credit for his blessings and openly praised Him.   God knew that David’s greatest desire was to please Him. 

What about you?  What’s in your heart?  Is it your desire to live in a way that is pleasing to God?  Can you push out negative feelings that are destructive?  Is it in your heart to bravely face consequences?  Do you allow the Lord to discipline you and trust Him to lead you and provide for you?  Do you find reasons to offer God praises for the things He has done? 

In the credit card commercials, potential victims escape attack by keeping the right the right credit cards in their wallets.  We, too, can avoid being victims of bad situations by keeping the right ‘cards’ in our hearts.  Again, I ask.  What’s in your heart? 

The story of David is found in 1st and 2nd Samuel.  The offerings of his heart to the Lord are found in Psalms.   

Dear Lord, My greatest desire is to have a heart that is pleasing to You.  Please help me fill my heart with the goodness of Your Word and Your love, so that I can do my best to avoid trouble and mistakes.  I pray that I will bravely face consequences and be grateful for Your intervention in my life when needed, and that I will always be full of praise for You and Your provisions in my life.  Amen.   

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