What’s In Your Heart?
King David wanted to build a temple for the Holy Name. David had the kind of faith that couldn’t keep itself from wanting to give to…wanting to do for…God. And God is aware that this holy purpose lives in David’s heart, but God has His reasons for not permitting David to build it. But He does give David praise as He tells him that it was good that he had such a desire in his heart.
That wonderful episode reveals a lot about why David was a “man after God’s own heart.” David liked to think about what he could do to honor God. David’s devotion to God began in his heart. David didn’t have to be commanded to love or serve God. It was in his heart to do so. Nobody forced David to worship or to pray. He actively sought the presence of God.
The credit card company advertisement wants to know “What’s in our wallets?” But maybe we should think about what’s in our hearts for God? David believed in his heart that God was Holy and that His cause was just. He believed that God’s cause deserved his greatest effort and sacrifice. David’s heartfelt belief caused him to be faithful in the daily round of life…faithful as a son…as a brother…as a shepherd…as a friend…as a soldier…as a king. His faithfulness in the commonplace prepared him for faithfulness in the great matters. Because it was in his heart to honor God, he became a blessing to those around him. We may not be able to accomplish all that we plan to do for God. David didn’t. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t plan anything.
When a true heart plans some goodness for its beloved…that in itself is goodness.
I was wondering…if you were to dream something for God…if it were in your power to do it…what would it be?