Friend After My Own Heart

April 22, 2002
by Jimmy Parks

Hebrews 10:22-25 – Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (NKJV)

I am one of those people who like observing. I love studying the bonds between friends. Sometimes, people choose friends who are exactly like themselves, who are totally different from themselves, who strengthen those they are around, or who make them laugh, etc.

I am no different from others. I have some friends that I consider real preps, that I consider spiritual, that I consider heathens, that I consider funny, that I consider intelligent, and that I consider somewhat crazy. However, in each person, there is something that touches my heart that makes me consider them a friend.

My favourite person to look at in the Bible is David. He was a friend of God, and was called "a man after God's own heart" for many reasons. David was a man of quick repentance because he did not like to be out of communion with God. David realized that the Lord was his strength, and a lack of communion meant that he would have a harder time facing life. David served the Lord in fear because he had respect for God. David tried to lead a blameless life, and this meant that he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, that he spoke the truth, that he refused to slander others, that he despised persistent sinners, that he honoured faithful followers, that he kept promises even when it hurt, that he refused to accept bribes, and that he had a mind focussed upon the things of God.

David also praised God with all his heart, and he knew nothing was impossible with God. He left vengeance unto God, and he would not dare harm those whom God had anointed. All these things touched God's heart, and that brought David into communion with Him.

From this, we can start to model our own lives, because we surely want God to say, one day, that we were friends after His own heart.

James 4:8 – Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (NKJV)

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, it is our prayer that You would mould us into people that You might consider friends. Lord, we submit our bodies as living sacrifices unto You, and we give up all control. We want to see Your glory, and we know that that is only possible if we can draw nigh unto You. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Jimmy Parks <parksjr@yahoo.com>
Princeton, West Virginia, USA

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