“The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” // 1 Samuel 16:7

I think of King David when I read this verse—a man who was after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). King David’s level of love, trust & obedience towards the LORD is something I want to reflect in my own self.

The other day I was reading psalm 18 –-when the LORD had delivered David from his enemies. Even though David had to face many difficulties and battles in his life, he never turned his back on the LORD—he actually leaned on Him more, realizing he is nothing without Him. If you know David’s whole story, you will know that he was definitely not perfect—David was a sinner, who committed adultery and murder. I think it is important for us to know that David was a sinner just like you and I, but David had his heart focused totally on God. Because of this, David saw the goodness and faithfulness of God, and how He answered David's prayers.

In all of the different seasons in David's life (the good, the bad), his love and trust in God was always there. When David sinned and failed, he made sure to truly repent for his sins (psalm 51-David’s prayer of repentance). I find such encouragement in his story, knowing that just as God helped David in his circumstances He will also hear me as I turn to Him in my triumphs & troubles.

What does God see in your heart? How can we have a heart more like David?