Condition Of The Heart
Ps 51:10 says…Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast (right) spirit within me. This was David’s cry to the Lord - to be clean and right before Him. He was a man after God’s own heart.
David knew the importance of having his heart right before the Lord. Even at the time he was anointed by Samuel to be the future King of Israel, as described in 1 Samuel 16, it wasn’t David’s outward appearance that qualified him but his heart.
David is described as being ruddy (having a healthy complexion) with bright eyes and good looking. It would appear that his brothers were pretty good looking too. So why weren’t they chosen?
To God, the heart - a person’s innermost motivation and attitude - is of prime importance. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word” (Isaiah 66:2). Eliab's (David’s oldest brother) regal appearance didn’t qualify him to become Israel’s next King…David’s heart did.
We tend to look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the inside, our inner most being. He looks at the heart. This is what separated David from all the rest. The condition of our heart is the key. What is the condition of your heart today?
From humble beginnings came Israel’s greatest king. David’s early training had taught him to herd sheep but God would teach him to lead a nation. What has God anointed and called you to do? Whatever it may be, there will be ups and downs, disappointments and bumps in the road, but let me encourage you to never give up and always seek to have a heart that is right before the Lord in both words and action.
Have a blessed week.