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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

David – the Chosen of God

          David was chosen by God because “he was a man after God’s own heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7; Acts 13:22  Our all-knowing God knew David when he was a mere substance in the earth. God knew David's end from his beginning. David knew this about God. He wrote about this in Psalm 139:15-16. “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.” In the beginning, God shaped and formed the first man out of the dust of the earth. We are all made of the same substance of the earth -- water and dirt. We have to be reformed spiritually from the Second and Last Adam – Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit and Word.

Know God and His Heart
David wanted to truly know God. God knew this about David. He knew that David would draw from the well of His Anointed Word, heart and character. And because of this, God revealed things to David knowing David would understand His revelation knowledge and do it.
God knew David’s heart, and David was learning about God’s heart. Theirs was a deep and abiding relationship. God would reshape and mold David’s heart so it reflected His heart. David was willing. God begins with a willing heart. God cannot force His revelation knowledge into an unwilling heart.

Become the Man or Woman God Intends You to be.
David’s desire was to become the person God intended him to be. David said in Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart, test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me and lead me to the way everlasting.” David didn’t want any sin in him to displease God. He was willing to have God test him in His work of sanctification within him. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he and others had prayed unceasingly that God would fill Timothy “with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have the great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” Colossians 1:9-12 David understood this long before Jesus came into the world. Timothy understood this too. To live in a manner worthy of the Lord, we must be willing to allow God to teach us by the power of the Word of truth, the Holy Spirit of truth, and anointed men and women of God. Then we are to do the truth revealed. We must, of course, seek affirmation that what is taught is the truth. The Holy Spirit – the Spirit of truth – will help you in this.

Use the Revelation Knowledge God Has Given You
Along the journey of his transformation, David relied upon what he already had been shown and knew of God. This, of course, is what followers of Christ are to do. Our journey with God is a progressive and a never-ending one. Knowing God and pleasing Him was David’s greatest desire and should be every believer’s desire. When God revealed Jesus as His Beloved Son, He said He was “well-pleased” with Jesus. Why? Because Jesus only did what the Father told Him to do and spoke only what God told Him to speak. His heart and life belonged to God. Jesus wanted to bring glory to God in everything He did and said. This should be every believer’s heart’s desire also.

David Instructs His Son Solomon
When David was about to turn the kingship over to his son Solomon, he told Solomon to “know” David’s God and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.” 1 Chronicles 28:9  Jesus said that those who seek Him will also find Him. Solomon built the earthly temple of God according to the instructions given him by his father David who received the instructions from the Heavenly Father. David supplied his son Solomon with everything he needed to build a house for God. David shared the plans given him by God for Solomon to use in building God's temple on earth. David also gave Solomon the wisdom, location, land, money, materials, workers and the temple servants to run it. Jesus too has everything He needs given by the Father to build God’s eternal, spiritual temple in the hearts of those who love and follow His Son. Jesus will not use human wisdom but will use the wisdom of God in His Word and the power of the Holy Spirit. Like Jesus, those who love and serve Jesus are to use His powerful Word and Holy Spirit to build His temple in the hearts of others.
Jesus always takes the external internal. As it was all about David’s heart with God, it is all about our hearts with Jesus. David told Solomon, “The Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.” God would not let David build His House because he was a warrior and had blood on his hands. His son Solomon, the King of peace, will build the earthly, temporary temple until Jesus the eternal King of Peace comes to build God’s eternal temple in the hearts of those who love and serve Him. Jesus came as the King of peace the first time. He will come as the Mighty Warrior the next time. David and Solomon, his son, are a type and shadow of God and Jesus, the King of Peace and Mighty Warrior, building His spiritual temple on earth as it is in heaven in the hearts of those who love and follow His Chosen and Precious Son Jesus. Jesus too has given us all we need to build His temple in the hearts of mankind. He gave us the power of His Word and His Spirit so we can carry out the will of God in our lives. We are His servants. 

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