Examine davids heart
David was called a man after God’s heart. So what does it mean to be a ‘man or woman after God’s own heart’? Let’s look at some verses that show us a bit of David’s heart
Look up these verse
Look up these verse and take note of David’s heart (Note your observations in your journal)
1 Samuel 17:37
David loved God, and he chose to live God’s way. He knew God intimately. He knew that he was to be trusted, and he chose to obey him. You may have discounted yourself – or said that ‘you’re not good enough to be used by God’. That’s not true! All of us have the capacity to serve God and to be used by God. All we need to do is to choose God’s way, and make ourselves available to God to be used by him.
There are two things that help us to choose God’s way.
Know God’s Heart for us
The first is to know God’s Heart for us. To know how much, he loves and cares for each one of us, and to know his desire to be in relationship with you. Psalm 139 is a beautiful Psalm. It speaks of God’s heart for us. It speaks of the way he has created each one of us. He formed us, and knows us each intimately. He cares for and loves us.
Maybe you think you are of little worth to God. Maybe you’ve been told by others that you are nothing. The truth is that you have been created by God – you are not overlooked by him. And your value comes from the fact that he made you and he loves you. The more we know God’s love and care for us, the easier it is to choose to live God’s way.
The second thing that will help us to develop a heart after God’s own heart is the Holy Spirit. It is God’s Spirit that empowers us and helps us to live God’s way. It is God’s Spirit that transforms us.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel 36:26-27. It is only by the work of God’s Spirit that our hearts can be molded and shaped to become like God’s heart. So we need to allow God’s Spirit access to our hearts – to ask him to shape us into the people he wants us to be.
In your journal answer:
- Have you ever felt ‘overlooked’ or ‘forgotten’ by others?
- How do we let God’s Spirit shape and mold our hearts to become more like his?
- How does it feel to know that God doesn’t forget or overlook us (even if others do)?
Look at your “God wouldn’t use me because” list. Which item on your list (from the last post) resonates with you most? Describe ways you think this may be hindering your relationship with God. Write yourself a reminder that God created you, loves you, and has a purpose for you.
King Saul was the King before David. Up until the time when Saul became King, God’s people Israel, hadn’t had a King. They had had leaders and judges, but God was their King – this is what set them apart from other nations. But at the beginning of the book of 1 Samuel the people of Israel come to Samuel (who was their leader) and request a king.
They’ve seen that all the other nations around them have a king – they want to be like them! But by doing this they are effectively rejecting God as their King.
However, despite this, God gives them what they ask for, and Saul is chosen by God to be the first King of Israel. Saul starts out well and follows Gods way, but unfortunately throughout his time as king he becomes quite conceited and full of himself, and he begins to stop following the Lord’s commands…
Because of his disobedience and arrogance, the Lord ends up rejecting him as the King of Israel:
“You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” 1 Samuel 13:13-14
And so God chooses a new King – which is David
Read 1 Samuel 16:1-13
No one expected that David would be the one chosen to be King! He wasn’t even invited to join his brothers to be paraded in front of Samuel. His own Father didn’t even think that he might be the one that God had chosen!
But even though he was overlooked by people – David wasn’t overlooked or forgotten by God!! In fact, he was the one that God had chosen to be the next King of Israel.
“Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Unfortunately, as humans, we do often look at and judge things by their outward appearance. Not only can we feel overlooked by others, like David was, but sometimes we can even ‘overlook ourselves’ and think that God couldn’t possibly choose to use us to do his work – because we’re not good enough.
“After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” Acts 13:22
He was a ‘man after God’s own heart’. He was willing to follow the Lord’s commands and do things his way. That is the reason he was chosen by God to be King! Our hearts are what are most important to God. Not our outward appearances/qualities.
In a Journal answer:
- If you were going to choose a new king or leader for the country, what would be the qualities you’d be looking for in the person?
- Why did everyone overlook David?
- What are some of the ‘outward qualities’ or reasons that people can think of as reasons why God wouldn’t choose to use them?
Create a list: “God wouldn’t use me because….” (e.g. age, knowledge about God/Bible/Church, how ‘Spiritual’ we are, skills, confidence, mistakes/sin etc.)
Comment below with your reflections
Who was David?
King David, was the second king of the united kingdom of Israel and successor to King Saul. His life and reign are recorded in the Old Testament books of 1 Samuel (from chapter 16 onwards), 2 Samuel, 1 Kings and 2 Kings (to verse 4).
He is depicted as the most righteous of all the ancient kings of Israel although not without fault as well as a great warrior, musician and poet. He is traditionally credited with the authorship of many of the Psalms. 2 Samuel 7:12-16 states that God was so pleased with David that He promised that the Davidic line would endure forever. Jews therefore believe that the Jewish Messiah will be a direct descendant of King David. Christians trace the lineage of Jesus back to him through both Mary and Joseph.
Read about David
Grab your bible (or nearest bible app) and look up these verses about King David. In your journal take notes of what you observe.
2 Samuel 7:8-16
2 Samuel 7:29
1 Samuel 26
2 Samuel 12:13
2 Samuel 24:10
2 Samuel 17:1
1 Chronicles 18
In a Journal answer:
-How are you similar to David?
-How are you different from David?
-Where did David get his worth and identity? (Hint: Acts 3:22)
Read Psalm 23. Take time to reflect on God as a shepherd. Write, in your journal, how the ideas and words of David strike you? Is it hard to believe? Is it hard to live out? Why?
Comment below your thoughts and reflections!
Who was Saul
Saul was best known as the first King of Israel around 1046 BC.
Saul was a King and biblical figure born in the land of Benjamin in Israel. He became the first King of Israel where he united tribes and defeated enemies such as the Ammonites, Philistines, Moabites, and Amalekites. After disobeying God, elder Samuel anointed David as his replacement. Jealous of being pushed aside and the accolades bestowed upon David for slaying Goliath, Saul made several failed attempts to take David’s life.
Read about Saul
Grab your bible (or click the links below) and look up these verses about King Saul. Take note of observations
1 Samuel 10:23-24
1 Samuel 18:6-8
1 Samuel 15:23
1 Samuel 20:30-32
1 Samuel 22:11-29
1 Samuel 14:44
1 Samuel 18:9
1 Samuel 15:10-31
1 Samuel 17:11
1 Samuel 18:22
1 Samuel 16:14
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- In what ways are you similar to Saul?
-In what ways are you different from Saul?
-Where did Saul find value and identity? (hint: 1 Samuel 18:6-8)
-Draw a picture of what you imagine Saul looked like. Along with what you read above, consider the description of what you read in 1 Samuel 9:2.
From our first section of Philippians, we know that Paul is in prison. His situation does not change his mood or view of his goals. He is still seeking to advance the kingdom of God. In this next section (Philippians 1:12-26) Paul is speaking to the concern of the Philippian Christians. These people are worried and concerned about Paul. Paul writes to them by sending a report of his state. He can tell the people about how his imprisonment was allowing the Messiah to be proclaimed. In this section, Paul speaks to his confinement as either further service or death. In all of these things, he can rejoice. He understands what is important- the gospel.
Before going any further take some time to read Philippians 1:12-26 on your own.
In our own lives we claim that we prioritize certain things like family, friends, God but if we take a step back would that actually be the case. If we evaluate our time and how we spend our money, we may realize the priorities we claim to have are actually much further than what we claim. Paul is showing what his priorities are. He is not focused on his situation instead he is more concerned about how the situation is spreading the story of God.
Take a look at your phone's screen time, what apps or amount of time is a priority for you why? As a secondary experiment for the next day, or a week, keep a tracker of how you spend your time. Is the information surprising, unbelievable, or is it what you expected?
Paul is convinced that he will one day leave the prison. There are two ways that can happen. He can either be freed to continue to share the gospel or he could die and gain community with the God he loves. Either option is fine with Paul. Either the story of God is proclaimed further and longer or he gets to finally be with the author of creation. The priority for Paul though is not to get out of prison but to continue sharing the story of God. Paul makes these priorities know to those around him and those reading his letter. Outsiders know what he values and he sticks to those values.
If a friend, or stranger, looked at your life what would they say are your priorities?
God has given each of us a place. For some it is school, others have a specific roommate, some have a job in a specific field, still, others may be stay at home parents. No matter the situation God has placed you in your area for a reason and for a purpose. Paul was placed in prison for a reason and he mentions that his imprisonment allowed the imperial guards to hear of God.
Beyond the simple and easy answer (to share the gospel), why do you think God has put you where he has?
Who are the people you are supposed to reach out to? Why does it make sense for you to be that person
Finally, Paul speaks of his situation. He speaks to honoring and glorifying Christ throughout the entire situation. His prison time, maybe death, and his life leading up to those points can be and are used to bring glory to God. His entire life and perspective show that his priorities are not from selfish ambition or manipulation of others. Paul’s only goal both in life and death is to seek God and make him known.
Think again about the situations God has placed you in. Where do you find yourself afraid to share him?
What areas of your life are you unwilling to give up to God? What does this reveal about your priorities in the situation
Remember: Share the story
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