Looking On Hearts

 

I look upon
the heart

and open up
the eyes

until the unseen
is seen

and what’s important
is magnified.

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You establish how to see.

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“Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, ‘Surely this is the LORD’S anointed!’ “.

“But the LOtD said to Samuel, ‘Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’ “

1 Samuel 16:6-7

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Image from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp, page 121.
Title from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp, page 122.

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“So Deal With Me”

“Then Solomon sent to Hiram king of Tyre, saying,

‘As you have dealt with David my father, and sent him cedars to build a house to dwell in,  so deal with me.'”  2 Chronicles 2:3

Hiram indeed treated Solomon well, as he had his father.

Father, may we gladly receive Your Son, whom You’ve sent to us, and adore Him.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Receive the Son

As you’ve dealt with the Father                                       
so deal with the Son
for they are together
with Spirit, as One.
As you believed in the Father
now believe and have faith
that He sent His son to you
your sins from you to take.

Preserved

“The Lord preserved David wherever he went.”  2 Samuel 8:6

Some things are preserved in museums or jars, but David was not in such a place.

Lord, we humbly bow down as You consider us valuable and cherished,  a people that You will preserve.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

His Heart Preserves

Wherever you go
whatever you do
I am watching
over you.

Supernatural Shepherd
Living Water Lifeguard
you’re never at risk
eternally saved in My heart.

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Behaving Wisely

“And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the Lord was with him.” 1 Samuel 18:14
“Therefore, when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him.” 1 Samuel 18:15
“But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.” 1 Samuel 18:16

There is a wisdom in being among people without a hidden agenda.

Lord, we desire to stay humble and real for You today, wherever we are, whoever we are with. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Nothing Hidden

They saw his going out
and his coming in
how he always behaved
wisely among them

and they quickly fell in love
with this young shepherd man
who would himself seek after God
and be chosen to rule the land.

Misconstrued Motives

“Then David spoke to the men . . .’For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God’?” 1 Samuel 17:26
“Now Eliab his oldest bother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, ‘Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle’.” 1 Samuel 17:28
“And David said, ‘What have I done now? Is there not a cause’?” 1 Samuel 17:29

Our motives may be misconstrued.

Lord, when the integrity of our action is doubted, please help us to focus and do what You’ve asked us to. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Who Is This?

His brothers thought they knew
the real reasons David came

to be prideful and brag
to seek out some fame

but when Goliath fell
all saw the Lord with him

so they could face the Philistines
claim His victory and win.

Generation after Generation

“So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.”  Matthew 1:17

Through out each generation leading up to Christ’s birth, God had a plan and a purpose. I can trust that He still does today.

Father, we thank You that no matter what is said and done, nothing will undo Your plans and purposes for us.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Continuing His Plan

As time goes by
and generations pass
we wonder how much longer
this will all last

but You have a plan
that’s centered on Christ
and Your purpose continues
as we live out our lives.

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