Preacher's Pulpit                    Dr. Joe Tims

Text: Acts 13:22

Subject:  "DAVID A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART"

INTRODUCTION

In Paul's sermon at Antioch, in which he briefly recounts the history of Israel, he refers to the statement made by God concerning David:

(Acts 13:22)  "And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will."

What a statement to be made, "a man after My own heart", is one that should characterize every person who wears the name of Christ

a. For David was not only the ancestor of Christ according to the flesh ...
b. But he possessed many of the attitudes that:
    1) Were later perfected by Christ
    2) Should characterize all those who are disciples of Christ

In this message  we shall ...

a. Consider some of these attitudes that David had
b. See the similarities between his attitudes and those of Christ
c. And encourage all who are Christians to have the same so that we too might be people "after God's own heart"

NOTICE:

I. DAVID LOVED THE WORD OF GOD

(Psa 119:97)  "O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day."

A. David loves the Word of God!

B. This love for God's Word is due to the fact that

1. It protects him from sin

(Psa 119:11)  "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."

2. It revives him in affliction

(Psa 119:50)  "This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me."

3. It gives him great peace of mind -

(Psa 119:165)  "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them."

C. JESUS LOVED THE WORD OF GOD

1. As is evident from His frequent quotation of it
2. Especially at the time of His temptation - Mt 4:4,7,10

D. HOW IS OUR LOVE FOR THE WORD OF GOD?

1. Do we "hide" it in our heart?
2. Do we find it to be a source of comfort in times of affliction?
3. Does it give us peace of mind?
4. If not, we should give heed to the instructions of David in Psa 1:1-3

   a. Learn to delight in the Word
   b. Learn to meditate upon it daily
   c. Then we will be truly "blessed"!

II. DAVID LOVED TO PRAY

A. (Psa 116:1-2)  "I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. 2}Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live."

1. His love for prayer was based upon the fact God had answered him before - Psa 116:1-2
2. It was based upon the fact that God had greatly blessed him - Psa 116:12-13
3. It was based upon the fact that prayer brought God close to him - Psa 145:18

B. JESUS WAS ALSO A MAN OF PRAYER

1. He made it a point to often slip away to pray privately - Lk 5:16
2.  In times of greatest trial, Jesus resorted to prayer

a. At Gethsemane - Mt 26:36-44
b. On the cross:

   1) "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." - Lk 23:34
   2) "My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?" - Mt 27:46
   3) "Father, into your hands I commend My Spirit." - Lk 23:46

C. HOW IS OUR LOVE FOR PRAYER?

1. Have we found it to be a source of peace "which surpasses all understanding"? - Phil 4:6-7
2. Do we "pray without ceasing"? - 1 Th 5:17
3. If not, then let David instruct us to depend upon prayer for our very preservation

(Psa 32:7)  "{7}Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah."

III. DAVID LOVED TO PRAISE GOD

A. (Psa 119:164)  "Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments."

1. He praised God because of His righteous judgments
2. He praised God because of His greatness and lovingkindness - Psa 95:1-7
3. And he was determined to sing praises as long as he lived - Psa 104:33

B. JESUS ALSO LOVED TO PRAISE GOD

1. As He did on one occasion publicly in prayer - cf.  Mt 11:25-26
2. As He did with his disciples in song - cf.  Mt 26:30

C. DO WE LOVE TO PRAISE GOD?

1. Do we delight in singing praises to God in song?
2. Do we take time to praise God in our prayers?
3. Once again, David has words to encourage us in this activity - Psa 147:1

D. Thus it is becoming for those who profess to be children of God to praise their Heavenly Father!

IV. DAVID LOVED UNITY AMONG BRETHREN

A. (Psa 133:1)  "A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"

1. David knew the value of good friendship and unity, as exemplified in the relationship he had with Jonathan - 1 Sam 18:1
2. He also knew the terrible pain of division within a family (cf. his sons, Amnon and Absalom - 2 Sam 13)

 B. JESUS LOVED UNITY ALSO

1. He prayed diligently that His disciples might be one - Jn 17: 20-23
2. He died on the cross that there might be unity - Ep 2:13-16

C. DO WE LOVE UNITY ENOUGH TO PAY THE PRICE?

1.. By diligently displaying the proper attitudes necessary to preserve the unity Christ has accomplished through His death? - Ep 4:30
2. By marking those who needlessly cause division? - Ro 16:17

V. DAVID HATED EVERY FALSE WAY

A.  (Psa 119:104)  "Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way."

1. His hatred was based upon his understanding of God's precepts -  Psa 119:104
2. His hatred affected his selection of activities and friends -  Psa 101:3-4,6-7

B. JESUS ALSO HATED ERROR AND FALSE WAYS

1. As manifested in His driving the moneychangers out of the temple - Mt 21:12-13
2. As manifested in His denunciation of the hypocritical Pharisees, scribes, and lawyers - Mt 23:13-36

C. WHAT IS OUR ATTITUDE TOWARD FALSE WAYS?

1. Are we soft or compromising?
2. Or do we realize that we are involved in a "battle" over the souls of men, and are not to think         lightly of that which is false? - 2 Co 10:3-5
3. While we are to love the sinner, we must ever hate the sin!

CONCLUSION
(Acts 13:22)  "And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will."

What made David "a man after God's own heart?"

"David the son of Jesse ......which shall fulfill all my will"

How about us?  Are we motivated to do ALL of God's will?

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 7:21)

Will you be the apple of God's eye today?

Come Now!

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