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June 13, 2004

”For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth,  to show himself strong in behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”

II Chronicles 16:9

Who is God looking for?

According to II Chronicles (the 14th book in the Bible), chapter 16, verse 9, He is looking for individuals whose hearts are perfect toward Him.

What is He looking to do when He locates these people?

He will show Himself strong, on their behalf.

How serious is He about finding them?

This verse says that His eyes go back and forth, across the world. He is diligent, intentional and persistent. He is looking today, right now.

What kind of person has a heart that is perfect toward God?

David, who wrote many of the Psalms, is this kind of person. He is called “a man after God’s own heart.”

How could David, an adulterer and murderer, be considered, by God, to have a heart that was perfect toward Him? Like us, David was far from perfect.

The answer has to do with David’s inner character. Whereas his predecessor, King Saul, pretended to care about God for selfish political gain, David saw God’s hand in his life and developed a respect for God.

A shepherd, David spent hours, days, even weeks, caring for his father’s sheep. God used this as an object lesson in his life. David took care of all the sheep’s needs; likewise, God provided all David’s needs. (See Psalm 23 for a detailed description.)

At times, God’s care was dramatic. In I Samuel 17:35 & 37, we read: “…and I [David] went out after him [a bear], and smote him, and delivered it [a defenseless lamb] out of his mouth: and when he [a lion] arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. …The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine [Goliath].”

This incident helped prepare David to face Goliath.

“Then said David to the Philistine [Goliath], Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee….And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s….” I Samuel 17:45-47

David had no illusion that he was invincible. Rather, he knew God was. He rested in God’s abilities, not his own.

This freed him of fear. He wasn’t afraid of a giant. “And David said to Saul [his king], Let no man’s heart fail because of him [Goliath]; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” I Samuel 17:32

Neither was he afraid of death: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me…” Psalm 23:4

Because of David’s trust in God, he did not fear God’s rejection in eternity: “…and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” Psalm 23:6

God’s eyes rested on David and they can, if we trust Him, rest on you and me.

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