May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, LORD
my Rock and my Redeemer.
David was a man after God's own heart. Acts 13:22
His Faith: "God delivered me in the past and he can do it again." 1 Samuel 17:34-37
As a shepherd boy in the fields watching over his father's sheep, he learned of a God whom he could call upon.
David knew his job was to protect those sheep. His faith in God gave him the courage to slay the lions and the bears.
Little did he know that the fight against the bear and the lion would give him the strength he needed to face a giant.
Because David knew who the one true God was.
When all others saw a giant too big to fight. David saw a giant too big to be missed by a rock.
He Loved God: "For I delight in your commands" Psalms 119:47-48
David's confidence in the Lord's power had been strengthened by his memory of previous times when he had prayed for and experienced God's deliverance.
"God doesn't look at the outward appearance but at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7
David had a deep concern for the honor and reputation of the Lord God. 1 Samuel 17:26
He had a thankful heart: David knew who God was and he praised God in whatever the situation.
He was truly repentant: "I have sinned against the Lord." 2 Samuel 12:13, Psalms 51
David knew that God was his: Provider, Strength, Refuge, Friend, Lord and Savior.
I believe that when David stopped being still before the Lord. When the things of the world and his own desires became more important to him than God's plan and desire for him, that is when he fell into sin and out of the will of God. At about this time he ceased to be the man after God's own heart. 1 Samuel 13, 14
God forgives but just as there were consequences to David's wrong choices, there will be consequences to our wrong choices. 2 Samuel 11 - 1 Kings 2
We all make choices. Have you chosen to allow God to have his way in your life? Or are your plans and desires more important to you than God's plans and desires for you?