A different kind of heart.

What made David pleasing to God?


Lately, I’ve been experiencing many circumstances that seriously try my faith. During times like these I usually turn to the Psalms, but to my discouragement, this time around my heart felt so distant from the joyful cries of David as he acknowledges God as his strength or his deliverance. It would be easy just to breeze through those verses but one morning I simply couldn’t. In Psalm 62:1-2, David says, For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. David was able to say things about God that sometimes feel foreign to us because he had a heart that was different than yours and mine. God was pleased with David and prepared him to replace Saul as king because he was seeking a man after his own heart. What made David fit God’s criteria? God knew that David turned to God in every circumstance. Yes, he made mistakes, but he made a habit of crying out to God in the thick of the fire. When my heart is discouraged because of repeated heartache or attacks from every side, I tend to turn away from God instead of turning to Him. The enemy yells loudly in my mind that God can’t be trusted and that I am alone in my battle. I could live my life wallowing in my misery but God calls us to something better. He wants to empower us to trust Him enough to call out to Him in the midst of the trial instead of closing our hearts. God wants to be our rock and our fortress. He allows trials in our lives so He can be our salvation. Even though trials shake our lives, we will not be shaken beyond our God-given capacity to endure. So I cried out to God when I could have chosen to be angry with Him and my fears instantly lifted. I know it’s not always this easy and we might need to fight against despair again and again but if we still our hearts enough to trust Him, He will deliver us every single time!

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