If ... ‘ye do well’
by BETTIE MARLOWE, Banner Staff Writer
Feb 22, 2013 | 431 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The writer of Acts gives us a sermon in Chapter 13 that Paul preached to “men of Israel” in Antioch. He related how God had given them a king — by their request — after more than 400 years under judges’ rule.

But God had to remove King Saul. “And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.”

So what made Saul unacceptable and what made David a man after God’s own heart?

Saul sought advice from those around him and received counsel from ungodly sources. David sought the heart of God to act according to His will.

“A man after mine own heart” didn’t mean David possessed all the attributes and characteristics of God, but David sought God in making decisions that he would fulfill God’s will for His people.

And years later, David passed on the same desire to his son Solomon as he gave instructions for the building of the temple, telling him to seek wisdom and understanding from the Lord. In 1 Chronicles 22:13, we read his words: “Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the Lord charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.” And in verse 19, “Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the Lord God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the Lord.”

The psalmist wrote in Psalm 37:4, “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

The desire of David’s heart was to please God. So should it be for every child of God. These are not desires to satisfy the flesh or to experience prosperity. As we delight ourselves in God, our desires will be toward Him, our Lord and Savior. Let’s remind ourselves how earthly things grow dim as we “turn our eyes unto Jesus.”

Paul told the Ephesians about the opposite before they became the children of God. “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” (Ephesians 2:3). But now, he continued, “... in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13).

The only way to receive the desires of our heart is to take the advice given to Solomon from is father: “Set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God ...”

To do well, a Christian’s desire should be to love God with all his heart, soul and mind and love his neighbor as thyself, as Jesus answered the lawyer’s question about the greatest commandment. “... Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:37-39 KJV).

And the Apostle James echoed this in James 2:8: “If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well.”