We know that David was called a man after God’s own heart (I Samuel 13:14).
If we desire that same designation, wouldn’t it be wise to study David’s thoughts and actions?
Reading through the Psalms, I’ve noticed that David always poured out his honest, unrestrained emotions to the Lord. If David felt joyful, he lavishly praised God and his attributes. If he felt betrayed or afraid, he beseeched God for wisdom and comfort. And if he felt the absence of God, he begged for a return to fellowship.
It seems that one of the reasons David was a man after God’s own heart was that David passionately sought God’s heart. Above all, no matter what else David was going through in his life, he craved an intimate relationship with the Person of God.
In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. – Psalm 18:6
David recognized that the one thing that would come between him and his dear Father was sin.
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. – Psalm 66:18
After the debacle with Bathsheba and Uriah, when David and Bathsheba’s infant son died, foremost on David’s mind was the cleansing of his heart, and a restoration of his relationship with God.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. – Psalm 51:10-12
David’s humble repentance, so evident here, caused me to ask myself…
- Do I frequently and regularly ask God to search for sin in my heart, and to forgive me of it?
- Do I long for intimacy with God above all else in my life? Am I willing to set aside anything that would come between his heart and mine?
I believe that asking these questions should be part of daily taking up my cross. Just as my relationships with my husband and children grow sweeter according to the time and effort I invest in them – so will my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
Through his example, David encourages and challenges me to desire purity, and through that purity, to become increasingly close to the Father.
Nothing between my soul and the Savior,
So that His blessed face may be seen;
Nothing preventing the least of His favor,
Keep the way clear! Let nothing between.
– “Nothing Between,” Charles A. Tindley, 1905
How do you work to improve your relationship with God? I always appreciate your thoughtful comments, and your willingness to share your insights.