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Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

THE CALAMITY OF A FAILURE OF THE HEART


   Nathan then said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul.... Why have you despised the word of the Lord by doing evil in His sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon.... "  
 2 Samuel 12:7-15

 
In reading and studying about the reigns of David and Solomon, I learned that we must lead with integrity and keep our hearts pure before the Lord.  The following are things I learned from the lives of these two men:  These two glorious reigns were two of the greatest in all of Israel's history. We can learn from their lives the difference that it can make to be a man after God's own heart. Such a heart makes a big difference in our own lives. The measure of a man's greatness is the measure of his heart.  God does not value a man's heart according to his riches, status, stunning deeds of valor and glory, but according to the attitude of a man's heart toward Him. From the historical record of these two kings, we can fully understand the difference that it makes.

The Lord exalts the one who keeps his heart pure with all diligence in a meek and lowly manner.  David wrote, "Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place?  He who has cleaned hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully.Psalm 24:3-4.

The effort of a man can be hindered by one moral failure of the heart.  David is an example of someone who lost the ability to rule with authority when he fell into sin. His strength and effectiveness both as a father and as a king were fundamentally compromised.  He lost the respect of his people and children.  It is sad to see David once as a man full of discernment between right and wrong and willing to confront evil, turn into a man who had no judgment or discernment about right and wrong. David became a compromiser when his closest friends and family committed the most unspeakable crimes.  David never got beyond the shadow of his ill committed sin with Bathsheba.

Although we have a merciful God who forgives us, there are many scars and consequences of our sins. When a man turns his heart away from God, the cost he has to pay is enormous!  When David found himself judged by God because of his sin and while God heard his crying voice of repentance, God nonetheless judged him for his sin, requiring the life of his son.  The end result of David's sin was God's condemnation and a season of strife among his royal family.  Though the heart can be mended and forgiven, God will not allow anyone to mock Him and there will be drastic consequences for those who practice unrighteousness. He is a God of justice who demands sanctification in our lives.  There is no other WAY with God!

A man whose heart is hypocritical will destroy the honor and respect of his children and those around him. David's biggest heartache was felt in the lives of his sons and daughter. The relationship between Absalom and Amnon became malignant when Amnon practiced a treachery similar to that which his father committed against Uriah the Hittite.  On the other hand we see Solomon who offered pearls of wisdom on the importance of guarding the heart, yet he himself lived a life of lies and lost the hearts of those whom he sought to win for the Lord. When a man calls for purity in the lives of his children and those around him, he must model it in his own life.

Guarding the heart is a life-long commitment. We must never stop purifying our hearts.  Let's not end up like David and Solomon. Although they were known as men with faithful hearts, each failed during critical moments during their reign, changing the course of history forever because of their duplicity. Therefore, it is imperative that we HEED the charge that both men put into words, "Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life"  Proverbs 4:23.

Let us always remember David's cry as part of our walk with God:  "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way."   Psalm 139:23-24.

May our Lord help us to guard and keep our hearts pure with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life.


Luci