A man after God’s own heart…

When we look at those in the Bible who loved the Lord, those like David about who God said…’I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.’… It’s so easy to feel not enough, to feel that our lives are far from what they should be.

I certainly do but when we look at the psalms, we see that David felt the same, he felt poor and needy and not enough, yet he was a man after God’s own heart.

David gives us some beautiful examples of humble prayer and praise in the psalms.

If you have a moment, read through psalm 86.

We can see here an example of how David prayed.

David expresses his own need…

‘for I am poor and needy’,

David prayed frequently…

…’for I cry unto thee daily.’

David speaks to the Lord of His goodness and mercy…

‘For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto ALL them that call upon thee.’

(That ALL includes you Friend).

And David prays with confidence and faith…

‘In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.’

and again intersperses his prayer with praise…

‘For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.’

Then we see a little more of David’s secret, his teachable spirit, commitment and desire…

‘Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.’

followed by more praise…

‘I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart:’

Then, even as David goes on to tell of his troubles, he follows it by acknowledging the goodness of His God…

‘But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.’…

Before going on again with his request and finishing with his desire for…

‘a token for good;’ so that his enemies might see how the Lord has helped and comforted him and be ashamed.

There’s so much we could learn from David friends.

He doesn’t just come with all his wants, he approaches God with humility and confession, with faith, pleading for mercy while praising God and speaking of how great God is. He comes with the teachable, zseeking spirit of one who knows just how unworthy he is compared to his great God.

Oh that we each might be given the grace to approach our great God daily, with this same humble and teachable spirit with a heart full of praise even in the middle of great trials, that we too might be those that live to fulfill God’s will.

Acts 13:22, Psalm 86.

Published by Sharon - Savour of Salt

I'm a Christian wife and Mum of two. I love to study my Bible and create God centered items for myself and our shop. I also enjoy a variety of crafts, reading and baking. We are all quite creative so our house is often a hive of creativity! I have several chronic illnesses including Lupus and Fibromyalgia so I am very thankful that I have been given a creative mind to help fill the hours when I don't have the energy for anything else.

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