Sermon Preparation and Reflection for December 8, 2019.
The Lord looks at the Heart
“But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’” 1 Samuel 16:7 (NASB)
The heart. The Bible has much to say about this part of us. In Deuteronomy, God commands us to love Him with all of our hearts (6:5). Proverbs states we must trust God with all of our hearts (3:5), and to guard them (4:23). In Matthew, Jesus tells us that the pure in heart will see God (5:8). In 1 Samuel 16, God informs Samuel that He looks at the heart.
Enter the shepherd, David. Famous to us. The man after God’s own heart. Imperfect, but repentant. Let’s take some time to ponder his words from Psalm 139: 23-24 where he writes, “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.”
We are in the season of reflecting on the first advent of our Savior. May we constantly reflect on the amazing gift God has given in Jesus. In humility, let’s all take time to ask God to search our hearts, to try us and know our anxious thoughts. Let’s let Him show us the parts of our hearts that are hurtful. Like David, let us repent of things that do not honor Him, because through Christ, He is leading us to the everlasting way.