Acts 13:22 (NIV): 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.”
I’ve read and/or referred to this verse so many times, always examining David and his heart toward God. No doubt I was so enthralled with the idea of man having a heart like the almighty God’s that I turned that semicolon into a period. However, if you keep reading God offers a profound revelation: God is confident that David will do everything He wants David to do. God knew that David’s will was to do the will of the Father. Psalm 40:8 takes it a step further: David found it a delight to do the will of God.
Now bring that thought into your relationship with God right here in 2014. Do you go to church, pray, read your Bible, reach out to others regularly, give, etc. as a delight? An obligation? Do you let God’s plans for your time with Him slip to last place if there is a place found for Him at all? Does your relationship begin to look more like guilt before a demanding God than a boy bound so tightly to the Father by love’s strong cords that there is delight to do His will? Are you simply waiting at His feet, eager to do everything God wants you to do? Can God say that He has confidence in you because He knows you will do everything He wants you to do?
I Kings 3:6: “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart.” In his new role as King, Solomon was rehearsing before God the favor He saw God lavish on David. . .because of his faithfulness to God and his righteous and upright heart. Clearly it was obvious that the abundant life that David enjoyed came from the hand of the God he delighted to serve. This front row seat to witness this amazing relationship between an almighty God and a mortal man instilled in Solomon a heart for God and His presence and power in His life and reign. II Chronicles 1 recites the story of Solomon’s request for a discerning heart, for wisdom to judge the people over whom God had made him ruler. And God examined his heart and motives and found him righteous and blessed him abundantly.
If you are seeking an abundant life, a life lived with an outpouring of God’s blessing, you’ll have to start with your heart. Your heart’s desire, your affection must be set on the God of the Universe. His will. His plan. Are you ready to trash your plans and accept His (Matthew 16:25; Luke 9:24; Mark 8:34)?
Why don’t we have this kind of relationship with God? Could it be that we don’t have hearts after His own heart because we haven’t taken the time to know Him and understand Him–to trust and have faith in Him? It’s not enough to know about Him; even the devils know about Him and tremble (James 2:19). We must seek to know Him and understand Him, seek to do His will and begin to delight when His eyes rest upon us and we receive His favor (II Chronicles 16:9).
God’s Wisdom + God’s Power = The Abundant Life
It’s a HEART matter!
So how do you get the wisdom and power of God? That’s the subject of my book. But while we wait on a publisher, we can begin to take this journey to know and understand Him. Every journey needs a beginning place and a destination. Begin right where you are. Get your heart out and start examining it closely. The lavish gift of His wisdom and power are dependent on your heart toward Him. God needs to testify that He has full confidence that you will do all His will–that your heart is totally HIS. This is a much stronger belief than just assuming or saying He thinks you might do His will. A testament requires that He can bear witness to the fact that you will delight to do everything He asks you to do–hear the strong confidence? If God took the witness stand today and was asked to testify of your heart’s desire, what would He say?
Let’s begin today, right where we are, and take our hearts on a journey to know the King of the Universe.