CD: David: Issues of the Heart (8 Part Series)
The great thing about Scripture is it always tells us the truth about its heroes. The Bible doesn’t put its heroes in stain glassed windows and make them look pretty and dangle halos above their heads because that’s not true, that’s not the way life is. That doesn’t represent the battle and conflict that life itself becomes, especially when you are in a relationship with God, when your appetite for righteousness and your desire for what is good is heightened and your awareness of what is wrong is equally heightened. We are in turmoil over this dilemma in our own hearts.
The story of David starts with Saul as the first and present king over Israel. He had begun well but his trust in God had turned to belief in himself and his own abilities leading to to arrogance and disobedience. Samuel came to Saul one day and told him, “Your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’S command.”
And so before David is ever mentioned, he is described to Saul that he will be a man after God’s own heart. That word ‘heart’ is a very important one in the Scripture. It reoccurs about 570 times and never seems to be speaking of the physical heart. Rather it is talking of the inner core of our lives—our psychological, emotional and spiritual heart. It’s about our attitudes, our disposition, our feelings, our intentions—it is the action center of our lives. You may call it our character or our personality. It is where we feel, where we dream, and where we make decisions.
When a boy says to a girl, “I love you with all my heart,” he is not saying, “I love you with all my ventricles, veins, aorta and valves. I even love you with my cholesterol and my plaque.” That isn’t what he is saying. He is saying, “I love you in the inner core of my mind, my emotions and my will. I love you in that action center of my life.” In this series, Charles challenges us to carefully examine the deep and real issues of the heart that make all the difference in our relationship with our Saviour.