August 13

1 Chronicles 25-28, Psalm 71

I had the honor and privilege of delivering a number of babies this weekend. The first delivery was in the early hours of Saturday morning. The patient was in her late thirties and due to complications was delivering her baby slightly premature at around 35 weeks. The mother, when she was a child had cancer and the treatment that she received then, caused her to have a stroke leaving her with minimal brain dysfunction or cognitively slow. She was child-like in many of her ways. When I delivered her baby boy I don't remember ever seeing such an outpouring of pure, raw emotion. It was so beautiful that it brought tears to my eyes. She was uncontrollably crying in excitement that she actually produced this child. Though most of my patients are excited when they deliver, they keep their emotions somewhat in check. Her child-like excitement was so unhinged and she didn't care what anyone thought about how she was acting. It made me realize how God must love when we approach Him with this child-like enthusiasm instead of our well-controlled relatively unemotional way. Most are so reserved when they read, when they pray, when the worship, and when they serve. Imagine if we all started caring more what God thought rather than what others think about us. Jesus said in Matthew 18:3-4, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

At the end of David's life, he is not known as David the adulterer or David the murderer but as Paul stated in Acts 13:22, "...He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will'." We see his child-like response in 1Chronicles 15:29, "And it happened as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the City of David, that Michal, Saul's daughter, looked through the window and saw King David whirling and playing music; and she despised him in her heart." David didn't walk behind the ark with hands folded and an air of being pious he danced and worshiped uncontrollably. David at the end of his life continued to give God his very best, as we read in 1Chronicles 29:3,5, "Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I prepared for the holy house,...Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to the Lord?" David setting the example resulted in 29:9, "Then the people rejoiced, for they had offered willingly, because with a loyal heart they had offered willingly to the Lord; and King David also rejoiced greatly." David authored 76 Psalms that are entered into the book of Psalms. We get an example of this man who unashamedly pours out his heart without reservation pouring out praise to the Lord in 1 Chronicles 29:10-15.

Like us, David was a man with many imperfections, but may we lead our lives in such a way that we also might be referred to as "a man after God's own heart" when we breath our last. There are many reasons why we choose not to approach with the child-like exuberance of David. We read the words of Jesus in Matthew 10:28, "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." In our current era of social media how many care more about how they appear on Facebook than how they appear before God? How many hold back on what they say and how they act for fear of what others might think? Too often Christians walk around pious, serious, not allowing themselves to laugh too hard, cry uncontrollably, etc. How many sing during worship

more like they are attending a funeral service rather than pouring out their praise to the Lord of Lords?

Like my patient, may we all adopt a child-like exuberance in our walk with God. May this exuberance then excite others to commit their lives to the only name which can save them, Jesus Christ.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Marj Lancaster