Steak, maple bacon, homemade apple , a beautiful cabin by a river, and studying God’s Word with a group of men, it was an amazing weekend! During our 3 days together we dove into the life of David and discovered why this worshiping, warrior who had been wounded by many sins was called a “man after God’s own heart,” (1 Samuel 13:14). There is no one is Scripture given that honor and outside of Jesus there is no one who gets more press in the Bible than David.
I want to spend a few weeks with you uncovering why I believe David’s life matters for us today and why I believe our Father is looking for a new generations of David’s who will rock our world with the glory of God.
As I was pouring over David’s life for the retreat the Spirit highlighted a pattern that was used to forge David’s heart into one that glorified God and infused David with heavens joy.
God placed a Song in David heart and shaped it by Spiritual Battles that brought David face to face with His Savior. As his Song matured over trying seasons of life it developed David into a Sanctuary of Praise that transformed a nation and would eventual bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth through the “Root and the offspring of David,” Jesus Christ (Rev. 22:16).
As I shared with the men this weekend, God has placed a song in your heart. It is your unique story with a rhythm and chorus that is called to be sung in our world for the Father’s glory and your joy.
David and your song began in the Father’s heart before you were born (Psalm 139:13-16). The melody takes shape many times in private seasons of loneliness and pain. For David it was as a forgotten child watching helpless sheep on the hills of Bethlehem. It was in these early years of David’s life that the Spirit led him to see through the physical into the spiritual and encounter a world of love that set his heart ablaze with song.
It was in these desert times of being pushed aside by family that David found His Father and his focus would be forever changed. His passion became God’s beautiful presence as sung in Psalm 27:4;
“One thing I ask of the LORD this is what I seek, that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and seek him in his temple.”
This “One thing” fueled David’s song and formed his heart after His Father’s. You have a song to sing to the world and it must flow from an encounter with the glorious goodness and love of your Father in Heaven. Look at the song your life is singing today. How is it being formed, has pain and sin been used to help write your song, and is it creating within you a passion for One Thing? I challenge you to open up your Bibles to the life of David, to His songs in the Psalms, and come with me on a journey to find your song that you have been uniquely called to sing for His glory and your joy!