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by Dudley Anderson  
11/27/2015 / Devotionals

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27 November 2015

Dear God-tracker

Psalm 17:8
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings


Reading the story of David in 1 and 2 Samuel recently I was struck by how normal this man really was. Yes, David was a great king in the early history of Israel; yes he was a mighty worrier and yes he was a great poet. However, David was actually less than the perfect man we imagine him to be. David was simply a man on track with God's plans for his life a God-tracker like you and me. But what made King David so unique?

David was the youngest son of his father, Jesse and probably had a very lonely childhood. As a shepherd boy he spent most of his early years out in the hills around Bethlehem caring for his father's sheep. It was probably here that David developed his deep relationship with God. One day Samuel the prophet was told by God to find the son of Jesse, whom he had chosen, and anoint him to be the next King of Israel. Finding David the shepherd boy Samuel makes him king, even though Saul still reigned over Israel. After this, David became a mighty worrier in the armies of Israel. King Saul was not happy with the popularity of this young up-start and became very jealous of David. So David goes into exile to escape Saul's intentions to kill him. Here we see how, even though he still honoured God, David became a bandit, raiding and plundering villages. Eventually Saul dies and David takes the throne of Israel becoming the great God fearing King he was.

"So what's this got to do with me?" you ask. Well, you see, although David's life was dramatic and exciting, he endured many hardships, backslid and, at times, becomes quite rebellious. Even after this hero becomes a great leader we see that he doesn't always get things right. On one occasion David even commits adultery! Yes, this great Bible hero was indeed, less than perfect. We pick up some of David's dilemmas in life thorough his writings. The Davidic Psalms are among some of the most frank writings in scripture (take a look at Psalm 22 for example). However, as we read these Psalms we begin to realise, although he was not perfect, David always kept his heart humble before God. He was always open and pliable towards God's Word. And when he committed wrong, he was very quick to admit it and repent. David always honoured God and sought first his kingdom. Perhaps this is why he was called, "a man after God's own heart." I'm not sure about you but I can certainly relate to a man like King David. What an example to us all of maintaining a pure and contrite heart in tracking God's plans and purposes for our lives.

God-tracking is keeping your heart pure towards the purposes of God



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"Father God I admit I am less than perfect. In fact, I'm nothing like perfect! As great heroes of the faith, like King David, walked humbly before you, even though they were less than perfect, help me to likewise keep my heart pure and my eyes fixed on Jesus. Lord, I admit to my wrongs and my failures. I confess my sins and determine to never do these things again. I know that I cannot stand before you in my own right. Therefore, I come before you in the righteousness of Christ. Thank you that Jesus made the way for me to know your mercy and might at work in my life. So I acknowledge you in all my ways and seek first your kingdom. Amen."

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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.

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