As the Father Sees Me – My Daily Bread!
The call to savor our Lord close to our hearts is taken from 1 Samuel 16: 7. The scene before us is the selection and anointing of David by the Prophet Samuel. The verse reads
“But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, …For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
As the story goes seven other brothers of David were rejected while David the youngest was chosen as King. God saw something in his heart that pleased him; and later references to David in the Bible refer to him as “a man after God’s own heart”.
Even though David would commit sin and be chastened by God, throughout his life he showed an active faith that embolden him to act on God’s behalf; was devoted and loyal to God and the Nation of Israel, he never got ahead of God, demonstrating humility and extreme patience in various situations and trials as he waited on God’s solutions; and most importantly, he always displayed true repentance before the Lord when he did sin.
What is of importance to us today about this passage? Well for one thing it speaks to what is of paramount importance to God then and now – what is in our hearts! Our God is not impressed with our outward appearance. He knows that we all can manipulate what we show others on the outside. Do you have an outside person that is different from your inside person? Are you many people before God; one person at work, one person at home and another person in the Church?
As sad as it may be, there are many schizophrenic Christians with self-imposed multiple personalities lurking around insides their heads. Our God desires us to be one person before Him! We cannot hide who we are from God (“for He knows the secrets of the heart” Ps 44:21) and ultimately we cannot hide who we really are from others; for our actions or inactions will ultimately reveal the truth of our hearts. Proverbs 27:19 says “As in water face reflects face, so a man’s heart reveals the man.”
If you are struggling with the state of your heart, if your heart is causing you an identity crisis be encouraged for once again our “help cometh from the Lord”! (Psalm 121:2) His Word assures us: “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord”. (Psalm 31:24) And because God knew we would have the tendency to be double hearted, He let us know to come to him for help; the Psalmist cried “Unite my heart to fear your name.” (Psalm 86:11) What a wonderful God we serve, seek His strength to make your heart whole for Him!
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