Acts 13:22 After God’s Heart

Our subject will be King David. What an anomaly he is.

  • Such a key figure in the Bible
  • Such sin coming from a believer and yet
  • Such a desire for God

Let’s consider each of those:

I. SUCH A KEY FIGURE IN THE BIBLE

Acts 13:22-23 (KJV)
And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

David is mentioned 59 times in the New Testament:

  • 39 times in the Gospels
  • 11 times in the book of Acts
  • 6 times in the Epistles and
  • 3 times in the book of the Revelation

II. SUCH SIN FROM A BELIEVER

2 Samuel 12:7-9 (KJV)
And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; andif that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

David

  • Took multiple wives
  • Refused to discipline his children and
  • Became bitter toward some of his children, refusing to speak with them

 

As great a man as David was, he was not a good father and, in the end, it hurt him to his core[1].

 

III. SUCH A DESIRE FOR GOD

One of the most beautiful passages of Bible anyone has ever know isPsalms 23:1-6 (KJV)
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

I’ll tell you one thing. If revival comes it’s going to have to be from God. We’re not going to organize it down, preach it down or maybe even pray it down. It’s just going to have to be God’s choosing.”
(Larry Clayton)

[1]Can you imagine being forced to enter battle against your own son or to choose to defend one son over another?

 

Acts 13:22 After God’s Heart

Acts 27:29 Wishing For The Day

Act 27:29
Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

The sailors had done all they could do. They had labored and, to the best of their ability, plied their skills against Euroclydon. So they cast their anchors and “wished for the day.”

Daylight would not solve their problem. It could very well spell their doom. But at least they could look their problem in the eyes. They could confront their situation head on.

No good thing comes from hiding in the shadows of difficulty. Regardless of the storm we face we are always best to face it and deal with it.

Acts 27:29 Wishing For the Day

Acts 27:29 (KJV)
Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

The sailors had done all they could do. They had labored and, to the best of their ability, plied their skills against Euroclydon. So they cast their anchors and “wished for the day.”

Daylight would not solve their problem. It could very well spell their doom. But at least they could look their problem in the eyes. They could confront their situation head on.

No good thing comes from hiding in the shadows of difficulty. Regardless of the storm we face we are always best to face it and deal with it.

 

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Acts 27:29 Wishing For the Day

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Acts 26:2 Happiness Is A Choice. Choose It.

Acts 26:2 (KJV)
I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:


”I think myself happy”

Happiness is an attitude more than an emotion. It is a state of mind that can be created by choice. (Or else by choices.)

There was no reason for Paul to be happy. He had been:

  • Falsely accused,
  • Dragged into jail
  • Threatened a beating
  • Attempted to be assassinated and
  • Drug to Caesarea where he would be held for years

Yet, when given opportunity to present his case before Agrippa he thought himself happy.

There is no doubt circumstances can tend to

  • Unhappiness,
  • Depression and
  • Heartbreak

Life presents ample difficult situations and trials of soul that, if one would allow them to, could overwhelm the heart. We need not allow them to. We have tools to overcome them.

We can trust God
Faith in and of itself tends to joy and happiness. We know God is good and in control and this knowledge can relieve a troubled heart.

We can choose good friends
There are people whose own attitude and success in overcoming can lift our spirits. We should choose their company over those who rather choose to succumb to their troubles.

We can hear good music
Some music commiserates on trouble. Some rejoices in the victories God gives. The right music, with the right message can lift the soul.

We can reflect on positive things
This is what Paul did. In the midst of maybe dozens of reasons to be unhappy, he chose instead to think of that one thing he could think was happy.

Happiness is a choice. Choose it.

 

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Acts 26:2 Happiness Is A Choice. Choose It.

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Acts 23:27 In But Not Of This World

Acts 23:27 (KJV)
This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman.

Paul was a Jew by birth, blood, education and conviction; but he was Roman by law. His heart belonged to the Lord, which placed it in immediate conflict with the Caesar, who styled himself a god. Paul’s relationship to Rome was of little concern to him except that it provided him certain liberties that would not have existed for everyone.

The Christian finds himself in a similar situation. He is legally attached to the nation of his birth and finds he has certain rights and responsibilities inherent to those attachments. He may, in good conscience, enjoy and employ those rights and responsibilities. Indeed he may be able to use them to aide his service to the Lord. He is not required to renounce these attachments. Paul never did.

But his allegiance is to another citizenship. He is legally of this earth but he is spiritually of heaven.

 

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Acts 18:2 Divine Appointments

Acts 18:2 (KJV)
And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.

I heard someone say recently that had, Jesus entered this world 100 years earlier or 100 years later, He would not have been able to impact the world so broadly as He did. Of course we understand this to mean humanly speaking. He is God and could have determined His own circumstances for impact. Fact was the world in Israel was perfectly tuned for the spread of the Gospel as it did under Christ and His Apostles. There are no coincidences with God. Jesus came at the time appointed of His Father.

Such appointments are manifested repeatedly in the Word of God. Paul, after a discouraging visit in Athens, just happened to find in Corinth a certain Jew named Aquila.

  • Who happened to be of the same craft
  • Who happened to be sympathetic to the Gospel
  • Who happened to be of such character to become devoted
  • Who happened to be skilled in expounding what Paul taught and
  • Who happened to become an important part of Paul’s life’s work

I like to describe God as the orchestrator. He orchestrates characters. times and events for His glory and purpose.

What a wonder it is to be one of those instruments in His orchestra.

 

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Acts 17:4 Not A Few, But Not Enough

Acts 17:4 (KJV)
And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

I am intrigued by these terms, “a great multitude” and “not a few.” Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica had been successful. Not a few had believed the message and trusted Christ.

  • Not a few but
  • Not enough

Not enough to sway the Jews toward Conversion. Not enough to prevent lewd fellows from assaulting Jason. Not enough to keep the city from an uproar and not enough to provide Paul a welcome to stay and continue preaching. Not a few but not enough.

No matter how successful a ministry is it is petty (speaking of numbers) in comparison to those who disagree with it. My father in law used to speak of big fish in a small pond. The largest and most influential ministries are only that in the eyes of others with smaller ministries. They may puff out their chests as if they have been blessed more greatly than some others but, in the eyes of the world, they are little and despised.

It leads me to think this; we will never be so successful as to appear successful in the eyes of the world. We will never have seen enough saved as to turn the course of humanity in our own power. These are things only God can do and we must therefore remain in humble trust upon Him.

 

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Acts 17:4 Not A Few, But Not Enough

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Acts 14:27 This Is God’s Will

Acts 14:27 (KJV)
And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

God had “opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.” It is such a simple statement but one that stirred up controversy to this day.

We will see in the very next chapter the initial stirrings of that controversy. We will also see the answer to that controversy. Almost the whole of the rest of the Bible, however, will bear the undercurrent of those unhappy with that answer.

  • Doesn’t matter who settles it
  • Doesn’t matter how reasonable the settlement
  • Doesn’t matter how well it is represented

There will always be those who cannot be happy with those answers. They will rebel, they will sow discord where they may and they will seek to turn others in their direction.

Paul would be imprisoned and ultimately executed for this answer. God’s plan, His election, His predetermined counsel was that men of all races be saved by grace through faith, and that they unite as one body in a local church.

People argue and fuss and contend with it.  This is nevertheless God’s will.

 

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Acts 13:34 Sure Mercy

Acts 13:34 (KJV)
And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.

It seems to me that David had a hand on mercy unlike any other man. David, the writer of the majority of the book of Psalms, speaks of mercy one hundred times and mercies another seventeen times. Psalm 118 is one of the most profound on the subject,

Psalms 118:1-29
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.
Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.
The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them.
They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.
The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.
Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.
I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

God’s mercies are sure. They are renewed every morning and they endure forever.

 

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Acts 11:17 “Of The Circumcision”

Acts 11:17 (KJV)
Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?

Notice that Acts 11:2 identifies very early a particular mentality among some of the believers calling them, “they that were of the circumcision.” As far as I know all of these believers would have been Jewish by blood. Some of them hadn’t gotten over it. In effect they withstood God by insisting on maintaining their Jewishness.

Peter recounts the story of Cornelius to the believers in Jerusalem, including those who were still “of the circumcision,” and claims that, to do otherwise than renounce his Jewish expectations and embrace fellowship with these Gentiles, would be to withstand God.

Seems to me we have a fresh wave of those that are “of the circumcision” these days. Having been made free of such expectations, they that be of the circumcision whether Jew or Gentile by birth, chain themselves voluntarily to those same Old Testament rules that bound the Jews two thousand years ago.

Like Paul I marvel that they are so soon removed from the faith and the liberty that faith provides.

 

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Acts 11:17 “Of The Circumcision”

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