MY FRIENDS, “THE LORD HAS HEARD OUR WEEPING AND OUR PLEADING. HE WILL ANSWER ALL OUR PRAYERS”
No, Lord! Don’t punish me in the heat of Your anger. Pity me, O Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, for my body is sick, and I am upset and disturbed. My mind is filled with apprehension and with gloom. Oh, restore me soon … I am worn out with pain; every night my pillow is wet with tears. My eyes are growing old and dim with grief … Go, leave me now, you men of evil deeds, for the Lord has heard my weeping and my pleading. He will answer all my prayers Ps 6 (vv. 1-3, 6-9, TLB).
I think it is safe to call David the weeping Prophet/King, but he was also a man after God’s own heart. Oh my friends what an honor but why wouldn’t he be called a man after God’s own heart this is a man who had a passion for God from his youth, in spite of how others responded to a situation.
His entire focus was in allowing God’s name, honor, reputation, and glory too become a burning passion within his soul, a passion that was exemplified when everyone else stood on the side line, looking for answers. But David, would not keep silent he knew he “could lift his eyes to the hills.”
And he could ask himself the question “From where does my help come? And in the same breath answer himself. “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let [my] foot be moved; He who keeps [me]…..neither slumbers nor sleeps.” Ps 121:1-4 (ESV)
David could look at the world around him and with no reservation, “know God [did not give] us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim 1:7 (KJV) to stand when no one else would and ask “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
yes my friends why wouldn’t he be called a man after God’s own heart. Consistent with this, like all of mankind who are “sinful from the time [our] mothers conceived [us]” there were times when David would lose his focus but he could look back, and remember.
“God is my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Ps 46:1 (NIV) he knew his God “Did not slumber or sleep so he knew he could cry out, Lord, please! “Don’t punish me in the heat of Your anger, pity me, o lord, for I am weak” and in the quiet solitude of his sanctuary.
A sanctuary that was either in the royal palace, or in the depths of a hidden cave, or on the mountainside with His sheep, he could say with no reservation “the Lord has heard my weeping and my pleading. He will answer all my prayers.”
My friends with that scenario in mind, we can all be men and women after God’s own heart. Faith, endurance, prayer, study, and hard work, key attributes and with God’s Spirit, you need all of them, to make it across the finish line, as we use Christ as our example on His journey.
In addition, like all who are born of a woman. His journey started at birth and like Christ we must make a choice, how will it end. For Christ it ended with the ultimate climax, Calvary, resurrection and now he sits at the right hand of “Our Father Which Art In Heaven” advocating and mediating on our behalf.
My friends where will your journey take you, once again we must make it personal, as we ask where does this journey end, and who do we take with us. I pray today, that you will pledge like I, that we will be conquerors through Him who loved us.
For we must be persuaded that nothing, or no one in this world “neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31-39 (NKJV)
And with that pledge we also will carry out God’s mandate, telling the world of His return, while preparing to leave this earth and make heaven our home.
So my friends today. Stay focused, remain faithful, love one another and endure till the end and never forget to STUDY&PRAY