Meditation for Preparation: June 17

Posted on June 14, 2018.

1 Samuel 15:10-35-- "What God Really Wants, Part 2"

 

     Last week, we learned that what God really wants is a heart that shares His passion for His glory; I don't know that there exists a better definition of what it means to be "after God's heart" than phrase. We have seen evidences that Saul's heart is not made according to God's, but he rather has a passion for his own kingdom. This shows up in 1 Samuel 15:1-9 when Saul disobeys, it shows up in 1 Samuel 15:10-23 when Saul defends his actions, and this week it will show up as Saul gives a half-hearted confession of his sin that seems to have other motives in play. Saul is a king of appearances, and his confession is a move to save face, to salvage his reputation. He cares more about the outward appearance than having his heart in the correct state before God.

 

     Here's an article from Leah Baugh, at Core Christianity called "When You've Failed, Lean on Jesus." She says this, which I believe is right in line with what I'm getting at:

 

We must ask ourselves why we are upset with ourselves. Is it because we have lost our reputation or the good opinion of others? Before we can have true peace, we must be reoriented. We must be retold what the standard really is that we’ve failed to meet. We fail to obey God. We fail to live our lives oriented towards loving and serving him. Ultimately, every mistake we make, whether it be an angry comment or hurtful action, is a failure against God.

King David knew this as well. This great king committed adultery with another man’s wife and then had him killed so he could take her as his own wife. David sinned against the woman, and he sinned against her husband whom he had killed. Yet, when he asked God for forgiveness, David said this:

“Against you and you alone have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.” (Ps. 51:4)

To sin in any way is to sin against God. Only when we have salvation from our offense against God will we find true and lasting peace and rest.

 

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Here is a Spotify playlist for our worship music this week: 

 

 

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We will also be rehearsing Question 47 of the New City Catechism.
 
 

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