And he walked in all the sins that his father did before him, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father. —I Kings 15:3

 David did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. —I Kings 15:5

 God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ —Acts 13:22

  The LORD has sought out a man after his own heart.” —I Samuel 13:14

            Where’s your heart? What is your heart fixed on? Who is the motivation for your heart? Is there something or someone who has your heart captured? Who or what has it? “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34). What do you treasure? Who do you treasure?

            We are told that King David was sought out by God because he would be “a man after his own heart.” David 1- did what was right in the Lord’s eyes 2- did not turn aside from anything the Lord commanded him all the days of his life 3- was wholly true to the Lord his God 4- did everything God wanted him to do… “except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite”—II Samuel 11.

            This is God’s overall assessment of David. What would our Lord God Almighty write about you and me? That is what matters most. What does not matter most, does not matter as top priority is what man thinks about us. “People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (I Samuel 16:7). There are those who speak words that sound good. They do actions that look good, but what is the motivation of their heart? Only God truly knows this. So are we living for the audience of One— our Lord God Almighty? Or are we living for the applause of man and what man thinks of us?

            Again, what will be God’s overall assessment of our lives?   David did well “except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.” Before you say “Well, I would never do what David did. I would not commit adultery. I surely would not have someone killed.” If that is how you think be careful of that pride because “if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!  No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (I Corinthians 10:12-13). 

            Jesus raised the bar and told us that thinking about sinful actions is sinful itself or thinking particular attitudes toward someone can also be sinful (Matthew 5:28; I John 3:15; James 4:17). So only God truly knows what is going on in the heart. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:12-13).

            So let us heartily live for the audience of One that will impact other people positively. Oh, Lord help us to do heart checks of our own hearts and have the proper motivation in living for You. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkSBmRAVXNc

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