‘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 (NIV)
David stands as one of history’s most famous kings, but before this – he was a humble shepherd and a ‘man after God’s own heart’. Most importantly, he was a picture of Jesus.
1 Samuel 17 tells the celebrated story of a young David and Goliath – a shepherd boy equipped with only five smooth stones and a sling of faith. He found impossible victory in invincible confidence that the battle wasn’t his, but God’s. David fought Goliath in pursuit of the Ark of the Covenant – a representation of God’s presence amongst his people. As we journey through this series and the life of David, we will see his wholehearted passion for God’s presence. David was a man after God’s own heart yet he wasn’t perfect. So what makes David stands out? He put first things first. In victory and defeat. He pursued God’s presence over everything else, and after every fall, he returned to God with an authentic heart. In this story, we’d like to believe that we are the David to slay Goliath, but the truth is: we’re the majority running from the battle. Jesus came as David to slay the giant of sin, death and destruction. It was only through his extravagant grace and reckless love that He chose us and the victory became our own.
If God can use a humble Shepard to be the King of his people – to establish the promise of our salvation in Jesus – he can use you and me. He can use our broken hearts and imperfect souls. He doesn’t need your qualification, performance or sacrifice. He’s only after your willing heart. Oh, the places you’ll go with a heart of surrender and a spirit of David. When we put first things first – love wins. Every time.
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