May 7 2011

The Heart of a King

“…the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.” 1 Sam 13:14

As Christians, our number one priority in life must be to love God with our entire heart, soul, and mind; this requirement was established within the Torah and reaffirmed by Jesus as the most important commandment. But what does it mean to love with your whole heart? And how do you become known as someone after God’s heart?

If you read through the Psalms, especially chapter 119, you will see that David made obedience to God his number one priority. Sure, he made some big mistakes, as we all have, but the desire of his heart was to be obedient. David had a heart after God because he had a heart after God’s precepts. It was his heart’s desire that put him on Jerusalem’s throne and it was his heart’s desire that kept him there after his sinful actions.

Maybe loving with our whole heart means living exactly as God requires.
Maybe if our desires matched God’s, our heart would also match his, then we too could have the heart of a king.