Feb 5, 2019
We live in a world that treats relationships as though they
were disposable. The Bible teaches us something different. It
teaches us restoration.
David did some awful things, yet was know as a man after God’s
Note: David was the king of Israel.
You and I have the tendency to "keep score". And when
we look at Davids life, it seems as though his “score” was pretty
low. So we say… how could a man with so many bad grades be “after
We believe that if our moral score card looks good and we have
not been sinning as much… then God would naturally think that we
are a person “after His own heart."
It is true that how we live is a response to what is going on
in our heart.
Yet, “a man after God’s
own heart” is a statement of God saying… "regardless of behavior,
this is a person who really does LOVE me. I know without a doubt
that they long to have a good relationship with me and they really
are trying to love me and get things
David truly did love God.
Psalm 70:2 - May those who want to take my life be
put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be
turned back in disgrace.
(NIV version of The Bible)
Note: It was common in that day for a king to have many
enemies. There were always people who were wanting to kill the king
so that they could become king.
Key ideas of Psalm 70:2)
May they be put to shame (feel bad about what they are
May they feel confusion (maybe this isn’t such a good
May they turn back (BE TURNED BACK TO
Psalm 70:3 - May those who say to me, “Aha!
Aha!” turn back because of their shame. (NIV version of
meant… “May you go to H _ _ _"! Literally in the Hebrew
culture of that day… "May you go to a very warm place; may you boil
May they be turned back to relationship with David and be
restored to friendship with him. May that relationship be
I think that he is talking about people that knew him and
loved him but now have turned on him. But David is hoping that the
hearts of these people would soften. He was desiring that they
could become friends again.
This is the tender side of David. The part that God was
speaking of when He refers to David as "a man after God’s
David wasn't willing to
write off the relationship. He was asking God to do something in
their heart. He was praying that God would help them feel
guilt and shame so that it would lead to restoration of a
Is there someone in your life who has hurt you, harmed you?
Maybe they have even said… “may you go to a very warm
A person who is in a love relationship with God is a person
who says… “God, I am asking you to help their heart to change.
No so I can prove I was right. But so that they might turn back to
me. I am already turning to them. I want this relationship to be
should not be: “God get them.” But it should be: “God