“A MAN AFTER MY HEART(Pt.4)

“For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His”(2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB).

GOD’S CHOICE

God does not look from the outward IN but from the inside OUT. He sees things from a higher vantage point because He sees the end of a matter from it’s beginning. He is not as interested in what someone will do for Him as much as what they will become in Him. God sees the heart. David was God’s choice to become king after Saul. If we were to read the entire record of his life we realize he was not perfect in all his ways. But the bent and direction of his heart was toward doing the will of the LORD his God.

DEPENDANT

David recognized the LORD as his Shepherd. As such he acknowledged that he, life sheep, was vulnerable and in need of daily, watchful care. From the grazing ground to the quiet brook; from the tendency to wander and stray off the path and for protection during the dark lonely nights from predators…he needed a shepherd. He was dependant on God to shepherd, guard and guide him.

VICTORY IS OF THE LORD

David refused to trust in “Saul’s armor”. In the day of battle against Goliath he went with what had always brought him victory over the “lion and the bear”. He recognized that in the day of battle “the LORD is a Man of War”; victory is of the LORD. He will fight for all who put their trust in Him.

RETURNING THE ARK

God loved David because David loved God. Under David’s watch the Ark of God’s presence was restored to the people. Prior to his reign it had been taken by the Philistines, neither Samuel or Saul had sought it’s return. David knew that his kingdom would not be established unless the presence and the glory of God was once again in the midst of Israel. In his first attempt he failed to bring it back. But he refused to be discouraged! He wrote of his passion and longing for the glory of God once again to be among his People. ”I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the LORD, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob”(Psalm 134:4-5 NASB).

A HOLY PRIESTHOOD

He sought God through His Word and discovered that if he wanted to bring the Ark of the Covenant back he must do it God’s way (not his) through a restored holy priesthood. In other words, God’s will and way was for a true, holy priesthood to bear the Ark upon their shoulders.

God is looking for a people today who will bear the true responsibility of being a holy priesthood in the earth. The apostle Peter declared, “But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”(1 Peter 2:9 NASB).

A RESTING PLACE

God was so delighted with David’s desire to establish a “resting place” for Him in the earth that he promised that he would not lack for an heir of his to sit on his throne forever. This, of course, was speaking of Messiah, Yeshua(Jesus the Christ), who was to come. Jesus, in honor of David and to hint at His mission in coming to earth, quotes from Psalms 110. “The LORD says to my Lord:’Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.’ The LORD will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, ‘Rule in the midst of Your enemies’”(Psalm 110:1-2).

David understood by the Spirit of God that he was given the privilege of sitting on a throne that would far exceed his day and age. He was ushering in a kingdom in which Jesus the true heir to the throne would sit and reign on the earth. For His Kingdom is an everlasting kingdom which shall never end.

May God find in us a heart like David and realize God’s Kingdom HAS come and IS coming. For His Kingdom does not come by observation but by observing His coming. Stay Alert!

 

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