Intro: Have you ever laid you head down on someone’s chest and heard their heartbeat. If you were to do that you had to be pretty close to the individual whose heart you heard. You don’t just go up to someone on the street and say “May I listen to your heart?” I can only begin to imagine the words and phrases that would come out of peoples mouths.
Many quote 1 Samuel 13.22 and say that David is a man after God’s heart but never tell us clearly what the heartbeat sounds like. I want to the best I can help you along with me lay our heads on God the Fathers Chest and hear His heartbeat. What is God’s desire, what does He really want?
What do we learn as we hear the heartbeat of God?
The heartbeat of God is the heart of man.
1 Samuel 13.14
I. God desires men and women’s hearts
Why is Go so concerned with our hearts. Is it just that God is a completely selfish tyrant that believes it belongs only to Him? The answer is Yes and no. As our creator our hearts belong to Him first and foremost. It is not merely for Him that he desires our hearts.
Listen Closely to the words of Jesus.
Mark 7.21-23 “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit sensuality, envy slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceeds from within and defile the man.”
Jesus just gave the reason for evil in the World of man it is the hear t of man. It is evil. Jesus clearly told us why our upward and outward relationships are out of wack.
A) The Upward and Outward
Mark 12.28-34 If you remember the story a group of Pharisees, Sadducees, and scribes were trying to trap Jesus. Now think about this with me. If he were a man wouldn’t it have been terribly easy for them to trip Jesus up. I mean this was a carpenter’s son. Don’t Forget He is the Son of God. One man asked him what some believe to be a sincere question. What is the foremost commandment of all?
Jesus’ answer. Hear O Israel, the Lord is one God Love Him with your all. All you heart, soul, mind, and strength. The second Is this, you shall love you neighbor as yourself, there is no other commandment greater. It is clear and has been said that Jesus summarized the ten commandments. He clearly showed us that our upward relationship to God must be right for our outward relationships to be right.
A relationship with God does not create murder, evil thought, theft, adultery, envy, deceit, pride or foolishness. Are you at the end of your rope in your relationship with your husband, with you wife, with you children, friends, co-workers. Realize if they are not a Christian then you have the great opportunity of showing them what a real God can do for relationships.
B) The Kingdom of God
The Upward is where Matthew talks of the Kingdom of God. The phrase Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven is used more than 100 times in the New Testament. The word Kingdom comes from a Greek word that means not territory but dominion. So we see that the domain of God is the heart. The throne of the King of Kings is the heart of those who believe.