Have you ever wondered what that means?
To be “as pure as the driven snow” refers to the snow that has been blown into a drift where no one has walked through it. It is as clean as it was when it fell from the sky.
King David cried out to the Lord, “Create in me a pure heart, O God.” (Psalm 51:10) And “God testified concerning him, I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” Acts 13:22
I find it meaningful that David, a man who committed adultery and murder, would be God’s example of a man with a pure heart. This tells me that no sin, nothing we did in the past that has been forgiven, can keep us from being a person after God’s heart.
“Wash me and I will be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:7)
What did God see in David’s heart? Does God see those things in my heart? In your heart?
No matter what we do outwardly that may look good to others, God sees our heart. If we are selfishly motivated, arrogant, or proud, God knows.
God sent the prophet Samuel to Jesse and told him, “I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” 1 Samuel 16:1
Samuel thought for sure that Eliab would be chosen, but the Lord said,
“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'” 1 Samuel 16:7
Finally, Jesse brought in David, his youngest son, who was tending the sheep. The Lord told Samuel, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.” 1 Samuel 16:12
God chose David to be King, instead of King Saul. Saul didn’t obey God’s commands because he “was afraid of the people …and gave in to them.” (1 Samuel 15:24)
He sacrificed offerings to the Lord. But Samuel said to Saul, “To obey is better than sacrifice.” (1 Samuel 15:22) We need to follow God’s commands, not motivated by what people think.
God knew that David was unafraid and would obey His commands. He knew that David believed the Promises. God knew David did not depend on his own strength and ability. He didn’t think too highly of himself, but was humble in heart.
David said, “He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.” Psalm 18:17
David trusted in God and in His Word. He prayed,
“Show me your way, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me.” (Psalm 25:4)
We can get a glimpse into David’s heart when we read the Psalms he wrote. I want God to say that I am a woman after his heart. Don’t you?
In 1 Samuel 17:47 David said to Goliath,
“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give all of you into our hands.”
This is what David believed in his heart, but he didn’t become this strong overnight.
“David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:34-37
My prayer is that, just like David, our faith will grow stronger every time we put our trust in the Lord and depend on Him to win the battle.
“(David served) God’s purpose in his own generation.” (Acts 13:36)
I believe that God is looking for people with a pure heart to accomplish His purpose today. Will he use me? Will he use you?“
With Love, Cindy
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All Scriptures are NIV unless otherwise noted.
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