In the Bible David is called a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). What does it mean that David had a heart for God?

David longed to draw closer to the Lord. He devoted his whole heart to God. His Psalms are filled with this holy longing of his soul for more of God.

We know that sometimes David strayed from his devotion to the Lord. He had an affair with Bathsheba and then arranged for her husband Uriah to be killed in battle! He neglected his children. He had issues with pride and anger, particularly in his reign as king. But the difficulties that David had living out his whole-hearted dedication to the Lord make him all the more appealing of a role model – we can relate to him!

I urge you to join me and “take heart” from David (Psalm 27:14, 31:24). Let the heat of his devotion for the Lord warm your heart. Let David’s Psalm 27 prayer kindle in your heart the fires of devotion to God.

My prayer “One Thing” is inspired by Psalm 27. Use it to focus your heart on Christ and his cross as your One Thing to live for…

O n e      T h i n g
(A Psalm 27 Prayer)
One   thing   I   ask
One   thing   I   seek
Just    one    thing

To  dwell  in  the  house  of  the  Lord  all  the  days  of  my  life
To gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple
To be kept safe in Christ, hidden in him in the day of trouble
My heart says, “Seek Christ’s face!” Your face, Lord, is all I seek
My heart cries out, “Lord, please don’t hide your face from me!”
My heart longs for Jesus Christ alone, no matter what happens

One  thing…   Jesus
When darkness descends
One   Light…   Jesus
When enemies attack
One  Savior…   Jesus
When I am left alone
One  Friend…   Jesus
One   thing…    Jesus
I take  heart
One  thing…   Jesus
I   y e a r n
One  thing…   Jesus
I   w a i t
One  thing…   Jesus

You can pray my “Hungry Heart Scriptures” to develop your heart for God. Or read my Soul Shepherding devotional, “One Thing for the New Year.”

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