Nothing Between

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.

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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

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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

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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.

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11 thoughts on “Nothing Between”

  1. Thanks for a great post. Truly what He says to us – is our salvation, I set myself to allow His thoughts to replace mine – His Word works in us to accomplish in us what we need.Be blessed today.

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  2. Meredith, This was very good, very well written, and well covered, too. I liked this especially:

    “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.” …And, this is key.

    Now, obviously he was not doing this when he lusted after Bathsheba, and then slept with her, and when he then plotted her husband’s murder. Temporarily he was distracted from his pure devotion to the Lord, and his mind was set on the lust of the flesh, and then on covering his tracks so that his sin would not be discovered. But, that was a very temporary setback, but it did not define him, i.e. who he normally was. It was not his lifestyle or his regular practice.

    But, when confronted with his sin, he repented, he humbled himself before God, and he never went back to doing that again. He returned to passionately seeking after God’s heart and craving an intimate relationship with the Person of God. Amen! Yet, it doesn’t mean he was perfect from that point on, but he walked daily in fellowship with the Lord, and he did continue to seek after God’s heart to be like the Lord in all his ways, and to follow after His truth.

    In other words, David was human, too. He didn’t walk in sin, but he had his time (or times) when he failed God, too. But, then he repented of his sin, and he continued to walk by faith, and to follow after God with all his heart, and he didn’t make sin his practice.

    I believe, thus, that he sets a good model for all of us, and I have to say that I do identify with him in many respects, for I have had that kind of heart for God, too, most of my life, but I have had my times of failure and setback, as well. But, I repented of my sin, God forgave me, and he gave me a new start, and a new calling, too. And, this is all to his glory and praise, because it is all because of his marvelous grace than any of us can be given forgiveness of our sins and be given God’s grace and mercy to us in renewing and reviving us, and in giving us new starts, too.

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  3. I also feel it is the humble and honesty of it that impacts the most. In other words, we can say anything to the LORD but if we are not being honest, not being humble we are coming to Him from a place of deceit. If we are coming to Him lying, which is what it would be what kind of help or closeness should we expect. As always great post. 🙂

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