1 Sam 16:7 Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
I'm sure you have heard that success begins on the inside? Probably many, many times because it is true! Success begins in our hearts.
Psalms 120-134 Gives us great principles for success and promotion in life. King David wrote these Psalms and his life demonstrated that these principles work. It makes no difference whether you are a mother or a father, a Pastor, a salesman, or a teacher. These principles work for anyone who will work them.
I look forward to meeting people like David in heaven. He did many things wrong, but he had a very special place in the heart of God. He had great character. He was promoted and became famous. He knew how to honour people.
Although he committed adultery with Bathsheba, and was guilty of other sins, he was still called “a man after God’s own heart.”
Man looks at the outward appearance and God looks at the heart, but what that verse means is this. God doesn't judge us because we are tall or short, because we have red hair or blond hair or we are a certain weight. He doesn't judge us on the colour of our skin or by the language we speak. That's what man does. God looks deeper into a man and looks upon his heart. And that's what 1 Samuel 16:7 is talking about. God may not judge us by our outward appearance, but He cares very much what we do and what we say. He places great value on doing His Word and speaking His Word.
God judged David by his heart. Not how he looked. If we repent, God judges us by our hearts, not our actions. God prefers a right heart, above everything else. A right heart is tender toward Him and repentant for wrong actions.
God rebuked many people in the Old Testament because they had hardened their hearts. Many of these people followed the law to the letter. The people said they loved the Lord with their lips and actions, but their hearts were far from Him.
David was different; he kept his heart pure for God. He was quick to repent and seek the face of God. God chastened him many times because of his sins, but David always came back stronger than ever and became a better man and a better king than before.
David knew that before any outward action is taken, sin begins as a thought in our hearts. If we keep our thoughts pure, we will keep our hearts pure. Solomon, David’s son, wrote most of Proverbs.
He said in Prov 4.23-27 Message Bible Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.
You see, what most people don’t realize is that their mouth, their eyes, their hands are controlled by their heart. If our heart is pure, it is easier to keep our tongue from sinning and keep our actions on the right track.
Are you keeping a vigilant watch over your heart? I hope you are!