David: A Wholehearted Witness for God
Most would agree that the heart is the center of life – both physically and spiritually. When we want to talk about the most important point of any subject, we say, “Let’s get to the heart of the matter”. Also, the heart is the most crucial organ in our bodies. From it flows our blood supply which carries oxygen, white cells which fight infection, and other nutrients that sustain and strengthen our lives. We probably all remember studying about the heart in eight grade biology class. Maybe we’ve tried to forget eight grade biology class. Either way, the heart of the matter is – our hearts ARE important!
This month we are looking at our hearts in another way. We will be looking at the heart as that place of deepest commitment and feeling for God and others. How committed are we, really; to Jesus as our Lord, to the Church, and to the mission of making disciples of Christ to transform the world? In this month when we celebrate our national freedom, we are going to strive to get to the “heart of the matter” when it comes to our personal faith. One could say that we are all going to have heart examinations this month – that is, spiritual heart exams. Ready?
As we examine our own hearts, we will be looking at someone else’s heart, too. His name is David. David has been chosen as our seventh Bible witness to God’s wonders in 2015. The Scriptures tell us that David was “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22). We will also see David as a brave-hearted, pure-hearted, and broken-hearted man. What do you remember about David? Of course, we all recall the story of his confrontation with Goliath, and how he defeated him. We all remember David’s conquests, his victories, and his courage. In somewhat contrast to this side of David, there were also the times that he wavered, was weak, and even the time he committed sin. Whether it’s David the shepherd boy, David the King, David the giant- killer, or David the sinner; David’s life is a study of how God’s power, grace, and forgiveness are crucial to all of our lives, as well.
David is considered by many as one of the five most important figures in the whole Bible. His love, courage, repentance, and witness for God have inspired millions down through the centuries. His writings, particularly in the Psalms, are expressive poetry in some of its finest forms. There are so many great truths we will learn about God and ourselves; as we all look at the example of David: A Wholehearted Witness to God’s Wonders! This month, our goal will be to grow in our faith in Jesus; to learn to be brave-hearted and pure-hearted; and to learn to be more sensitive to the brokenhearted in the world around us - as together we strive to be a people after God’s own heart, just like David was. Love - Love, PJ
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