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He sees through all the facades and all the masks we like to wear. He sees right through all the pretense and fake piety. And His eyes look right into our heart.
I. God Looks Upon The Heart
We see this exemplified in the life of a young man named David.
(Samuel choosing the new king) (Expound)
I Samuel 16:7 says,
“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”
Jesse has seven sons pass by Samuel. Strong. Kingly. Wise. Graceful. God says this isn’t what I’m looking for.
So they send for David. Out tending his flock of sheep. They hadn’t even considered calling him.
He was young and immature. He had no experience. He had no kingly skills. He was sweaty from work. He stunk like sheep.
But God wasn’t concerned about all of that. He was concerned with his heart. And if there’s one thing that David had going for him it was his heart.
I Samuel 16:12 goes on to say,
“And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.”
God was concerned with his heart.
How’s your heart tonight?
What does your heart long after? What stirs your affections?
It’s pretty sobering to know that God knows right where we’re at!
Everyone in this place, saint or sinner. You have no secrets. God knows them all. The things you’d be too ashamed to tell anyone. He knows. (Expound)
Oh we do our best to dress it up and cover it up. You may be able to keep it from everyone around you. But you can’t keep it from God. He sees right through you.
(The Pharisees / whited sepulchres)
This has been man’s problem for quite some time.
Isaiah 29:13 says,
“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me…”
Matthew 15:8 says,
“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”
Deuteronomy 5:28 & 29 says,
“And the Lord heard the voice of your words, when ye spake unto me; and the Lord said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee: they have well said all that they have spoken.”
“O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!”
But how many know that our heart is usually the last thing we’re willing to surrender.
We’re quick to give God our eyes. Oh, God, I won’t look at things that are sinful. I’ll keep me eyes from wandering. I’ll read the Word and not sit in front of the TV until my brain turns to lukewarm tapioca pudding.
We’ll give Him our hands. I won’t touch things I shouldn’t. I won’t be a striker. My hands won’t be swift to shed innocent blood.
We’ll give Him our feet. I won’t go to places that I know I shouldn’t go to. I’ll be in church. I’ll keep my feet from running to mischief.
We’ll give Him our mouth. I’ll watch my tongue. No
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