Discover the Book - Feb. 24, 2012

 

Seeking God Through Every Season of Life

As we open to the inspired postscript to the life of David, we find that the Holy Spirit directed Paul to say to amazing truths.

First, in Acts 13:22 Paul writes that David served God’s purpose in his own generation; then in v. 36 of the same chapter, Paul notes that David was the man after God’s own heart. That phrase is perhaps the best know New Testament description for David.

Being after God’s own heart is deep within all of our hopes for this life, but so often we wonder how. The combination of those two truths about David give us an inspired clue to what it takes to be after God’s own heart: to serve God’s purpose = to be after God’s own heart!

If we can learn what God has purposed for us to do for Him in our lifetime, that pleases Him, and our life is said to be after His own heart! This is a very powerful thought; the longer we dwell on it.

Life has seasons, much like the seasonal changes we watch around us each year. Spring is like youth; summer is so much like young adulthood; fall is like the height of our careers when everything is bright and golden; and winter’s quiet snow is when our days slowly fade like daylight’s hours are shortened.

Each of David’s season’s share a common thread, if you look closely, and listen to the desires of David’s heart, captured in the words of the Psalms. Turn with me back to Psalm 70:1-4 and hear it right from David:

David wanted the Lord magnified in every era of his life. Psalm 70: “Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say continually,Let God be magnified!” (v. 4).

Now let’s look back on David’s life to see what God saw in His servant.

A Panorama of David’s Life Through Thirty-One of His Psalms

What we see is David’s remarkable habit of looking for the Lord wherever he was. For in the midst of a hard, stressful, constantly demanding life of unending struggles, David made regular, long-term investments in seeking God.

You will see such growth in this panorama of David’s life through key verses from the psalms he likely penned in each stage. For the greatest blessing, I encourage you to meditate on these verses by relating them to what was going on in David’s life at the time. Then, as the Lord leads, ask Him to help you apply needed truths to your own life.

Please click here to read about the seasons of David’s life.

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