“I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.” ~ Acts 13:22 (NASB)
Why did God find David a man after His heart? Look at the beauty of David’s Psalms, and read about his desire and longing for The Lord. “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.” Psalms 42:1 (NASB)
Throughout the Psalms, David reveals that his desire for God was beyond anything this earth could offer. What great hope David’s life should give us. His failings were as large as his faith, but one thing never changed — his love and desire for God. “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” ~ Psalm 9:1-2 (NKJV)
David was not perfect, but he was devoted and passionate to know, serve, and love God. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore, my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.” ~ Psalm 28:7 (NKJV)
He committed terrible sins (adultery, murder) in his lifetime, but he always came back searching for the heart of God. “As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.” ~ Psalm 41:4 (NASB)
David’s life should encourage each of us. We don’t have to get everything right in our lives to be used by God, He does not require perfection. We don’t have to be perfect; we serve a perfect Savior. And through His perfect love we find acceptance, mercy, and eternal grace.
Throughout history, God has used imperfect people in mighty ways. The great women and men of faith in the Bible were human, complete with failure. Only Jesus lived a perfect life, and through Him God reaches out to us all.
I’m so grateful the Bible doesn’t hide the failures of those who were used in mighty ways. The people God chose struggled with sin and the hardships of life. And yet even through their imperfections our mighty God did amazing things.
Is there something in your life you feel might keep you from being used by God? Take that thought, perhaps that sin, and talk to God. If you need to ask His forgiveness, please talk to Him right now.
God promises when we come to Him seeking His mercy and grace, He will forgive. And those sins are never to be remembered again by our loving God. Accept the treasures of His forgiveness. Seek God’s heart and you’ll find God’s wonderful blessings filling your heart.
Mining for Treasure
Do you find strength that, in spite of failures, God can change your heart to have a heart like His?
Do you believe that if God can forgive David’s sin’s, He can forgive yours?
Take a deep breath. Even with your imperfections and failures, even with your struggles, God loves you and wants to fill your heart with His love.
Will you take a moment to thank God for His perfect love, to thank Him for His perfect grace and forgiveness?