// You’ve taken my pain. You called me by a new name. You’ve taken my shame, and in its place, You give me joy. //

Restoration: Antioch Church

You’re not what others have said about you.

Welcome, Chasers!!

We finally bring a close to this month’s series. Our focus centered around one question. Why was David seen as a man after God’s own heart? We’ve seen the man of humility in A Sheepish Beginning. We’ve seen the man of faith in Heart Of Stone. We’ve seen the man of mercy in Cave Dweller.

So even after all this. We find out King David wasn’t perfect. He made several poor choices. To kill a man in order to gain a wife? Yes, needless to say, King David was not perfect. He too made mistakes.

So that raises another question. If King David had a tarnished history, how could he be the one after God’s own heart? You have to be perfect right?

Our reading today will be taken briefly from Psalm 27. As always we encourage you to read these passages for yourself that you may grow in understanding and self-reflection.

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

We start off with this great declaration of faith. Who is the Lord!?! Why should I be worried? It’s how many of us feel at first. Brave. Bold. No? Just David? I guess it depends on the situation.

“Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Have you ever had someone come against you? Wish to do you harm? Talk bad about you? David made mistakes & those mistakes caused division in relationships.

“One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This desire of David is a true key to finding this favor. Though the battle raged for David’s mind, body, and soul; David DESIRED to be with the Lord. You see the Lord searches your heart for your motives.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Even though these mistakes happened in David’s life, he knew that God was a God of mercy. The same mercy is given over you. Over your past. There is a restoration set for you.

“When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This is one of my favorite verses. In times of chaos we have to turn to the peacemaker. We have to seek His face! If you’re doing good, seek His face! If you’re doing bad, seek His face! Whatever, whenever SEEK HIS FACE!! We can do nothing without Him.

We have to get it out of our minds, that God is angry & vengeful towards you for messing up. He is waiting with open arms. He’s waiting for you. No rush. He’s not pressuring you to do anything.

No matter what you do, He will always choose to pour out His love on you. You matter to Him. He chose you. Then continues daily to choose you. Will you choose Him?

“Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Finally, in your season of wait, He is strengthening you. The answer to the question of “why was David considered a man after God’s own heart?” Is simply defined in many ways. There is no right answer.

Yes. David was faithful. Yes. David was merciful. Yes. David had a humility. Yes. David failed. Psalms 27 really answered this question for me personally. The desire to please the Lord despite the failure drove David back to the heart of the Father. Love. God’s love for David was greater than anything David would ever do. Then just like that the same God will do it for you. Even today. Time and time again. For you.

It’s not that no one else in the Bible didn’t do this. Nor did they do a better job at it than David in displaying this, because some have. He is just one example. You can speak this over your life. You can be a man/ woman after God’s own heart. It is what you say it is. So to receive this for yourself.

Next month is a month of freedom. What does freedom in the Lord really mean for us? More to come on that. Stay tuned. You won’t want to miss it.

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