After God's Own Heart

After God's Own Heart

Mercy Is Free But Never Cheap

After God’s Own Heart Mercy Is Free But Never Cheap 1 Chronicles 21:1-22:1 King David’s sin brought about consequences for the entire nation.  While God did provide mercy, it had a significant cost.  Our own sin has cost us, and the only hope is in the sacrifice of another to pay the penalty.   Sin’s Responsibility (1 Ch. 21:1-6) God may test us, and Satan may tempt us, but we will always be held responsible for our own sin (1…

When Goliath Is Yesterday’s News

When Goliath Is Yesterday’s News 1 Chronicles 20:4-8 After God’s Own Heart: When Goliath Is Yesterday’s News (1 Chron. 20:4-8) – When David was king, his followers killed giants even larger than Goliath and it wasn’t even that significant of an event. Giant slaying leaders develop giant slaying followers. The Original Giant-Killer Israel put their hope in King Saul the tall until Goliath the taller came around (1 Sam. 17:11). David was able to defeat the giant because he relied on God’s…

Broken Bones

After God’s Own Heart Broken Bones (2 Sam. 11; Ps. 51) When King David was supposed to be winning a battle on the field, he stayed home and lost a battle within his heart.  Sin can start with being at the wrong place at the wrong time. CAUGHT (2 Samuel 11-12) Sin can start with being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Our vulnerability can often come from a lack of accountability. Sin can be covered temporarily by an…

God’s Steadfast Love Endures

No matter the plots of man against us, God’s love endures. The Actions of an Evil Man (Psalm 52:1-4) Verse 1: We can have confidence in God’s protection when enemies of God surround us. Man’s victories and boasting are temporary; God’s love is Eternal. An evil man will boast in his self-sufficiency while a godly man will boast in the Lord Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.…

Reserved Seating

After God’s Own Heart Reserved Seating (2 Samuel 9) David showed kindness to disabled Mephibosheth by carrying him to the king’s table. Seated with the King of kings, our brokenness is hidden and God’s favor is restored. The King’s Pursuit (2 Sam. 9:1-5) The king was more concerned with keeping his promise than he was securing his protection. Grace seeks out those who are unqualified to give them what is undeserved. Grace finds us hiding helplessly in barren places. The Servant’s…

This Is the House That God Built

After God’s Own Heart This Is the House That God Built (2 Sam. 7) David wanted to honor God by building him a house, but God had a greater house of which David could never build. The greatest work of our lives will not be what we do for God but what God has done for us. The King’s Plan (2 Sam. 7:1-7) A dream for God and a dream from God are both noble, but only one should be…

Worship by the Book

After God’s Own Heart Worship by the Book (2 Samuel 6) When David returned the ark to Jerusalem, he learned how God takes worship very seriously.  We can’t worship God if we neglect the Word of God. Worship Commenced The people of God learned how to worship God from those who did not know God. We are called to obey the Word – not imitate the world. Worship Interrupted It is a dangerous thing to enter the presence of God…

There’s Always Somebody Taller

After God’s Own Heart There’s Always Somebody Taller (1 Samuel 17) Israel put their strength in King Saul the tall until Goliath the taller came around.  In the battle against a giant, never forget the greater story of which we are a part. Disclaimer: The story of David and Goliath is not about how you need to be brave regarding your overwhelming circumstances. Fearful Soldiers What we fear the most is what we trust the most (1 Sam. 17:4-11). Failure to address our fear only enables our enemy to…

God Notices Nobodies

After God’s Own Heart God Notices Nobodies (1 Samuel 16) David was the least likely to become king but God set him apart for this task. While man judges the external qualities, God judges the internal worth. The Setup Major theme of the Bible: God’s plan is for God’s people to live in God’s place under God’s rule. In Samuel’s time, God’s people were living in God’s place but desired to live under another rule to be like another people. They…