Guest Poster: Jubin Jacob writes today’s post. Jubin is a student at Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, pursuing a Master’s degree in Automotive Technology. He is originally from India and is passionate about God, music and cars. He is a fine young friend of mine from my International Church in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
A heart after God’s own
Today’s Reading; PSALM 103, PSALM 108-110, PSALM 122, PSALM 124
King David. One of Israel’s most well known kings and prophets, his journey from being a shepherd boy to warrior to king was marked by danger and severe trials. Through it all, though he was not perfect, he had an unwavering trust in the LORD. In today’s reading of the Psalms, we see the attitude of his heart to God, to his enemies and to Israel. We also see that he was (a prophet?) as he predicted the coming Messiah.
David ponders over all the benefits that one enjoys in believing in God (Psalm 103). His comprehensive list of these benefits stress on the unlimited nature of God’s mercy. For he says:
Psalm 103:11-12 (NKJV)
‘For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.’
In other words; God’s mercy and forgiveness know no bounds. David was one who enjoyed this infinite mercy and forgiveness of God first hand. Even in his sin in committing adultery and plotting a murder (A very Sad Day), God restored him and allowed him to continue to reign over Israel. While he did face the bitter consequences of his sin, he enjoyed God’s forgiveness.
He understood God’s sovereignty. Even after he lists all the benefits, David finally comes down to the real reason why we should praise God: simply because He is GOD. Think of it, even if God did nothing for us, He is still worthy of our worship and our praise. Nevertheless, when we think of all that He does for us, we realize that no praise can be enough.
David shows an exemplary attitude towards his enemies (Psalm 109). Even in his bitterness, he was able to go beyond personal hatred and look to God for justice.
Psalm 109:4 (NKJV)
‘In return for my love they are my accusers, but I give myself to prayer.’
Even though at this point He did not have Jesus’ command to love his enemies, he set the example for us by submitting everything into God’s hands instead of taking matters into his own. To him, victory over his enemies was not something that would please his ego, but something that would bring God glory. You can read about David’s Model of Kindness in the post from 25 April.
He had his heart on the peace and prosperity of God’s people and knew that all their victories could be attributed only to God. (Psalm 122 and Psalm 124)
It is small wonder that God would use someone like David to speak of the Messiah, God’s chosen one who would save His people. (Psalm 110) David would go down in history as an ancestor of Jesus, God’s anointed One. God finds it easiest to speak and work through people who have hearts that are tuned to His.
So how can we have a heart like David’s? Can we enjoy a similar depth in our relationship with God? Can we actually know what is on God’s mind?
In yet another Psalm David writes:
Psalm 25:14 (NKJV)
‘The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant’.
Much later, Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians writes:
1 Corinthian 1:9-10 (NKJV)
‘But as it is written: “Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit‘.
1 Corinthians 1:16,(Amplified Bible)
‘For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.’ ()
Thus, anyone who loves God and has surrendered his heart to the Lord Jesus can know, in God’s time, His purpose and will. Such knowledge comes only through a loving, obedient and continuing relationship with Him. Even better, like David, such a person has the potential of being used by God in a way that one would never imagine…