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Saturday/Sunday: March 11, 2019

David the Man

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t make decisions the way you do! People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at a person’s thoughts and intentions.’” (1 Samuel 16:7)

David, son of Jesse, was the youngest of 8 brothers and he was a shepherd, poet, prophet, musician, warrior, king, adulterer, murderer, and lover of God. The Lord called David “a man after His own heart,” and yet David was full of mistakes. But what he wasn’t was a man who lacked faith. David learned at an early age the importance of having a relationship with the Lord. Many of the Psalms he wrote were birthed from his time as a shepherd. David understood that the Lord knows all things and that He is gracious and slow to anger. But the reality that David may have grasped the most was that the Lord is approachable and trustworthy.

David made his share of mistakes, but he eventually owned every one of them. And once he did, he experienced true freedom. “Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.’ And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” (Psalm 32:5). Confession seems like a scary word, but in order for restoration to unfold relationally with the Lord, we can’t be afraid to come to Him with our sins. David’s Psalms paint the Lord in a beautiful light, and we get a glimpse of the Lord’s tenderness towards the people He created and loves.

Question: When you think of David, what part of his life can you relate to the most?

Challenge: David understood the significance of confession and the importance of taking our sin to the Lord. Your challenge is to follow in David’s footsteps and own your sin fully and seek Jesus for forgiveness.

Prayer: Jesus, just as David was a man after your own heart, may I too be a man after your heart as well!

Brian Hommel, Chapel Leader -- Arizona Diamondbacks

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