What are you chasing? We’re all chasing after something, something that we think will make us happy—comfort, success, a bigger house, or someone’s approval. But if we're honest, it feels like trying to catch the wind. As David’s life weaves throughout the pages of Scripture, we see he was a man who spent his life chasing after God. Chase explores the events that defined David’s life and the Psalms that flowed out of those experiences. Through David’s example we’ll discover what God really wants from us. God is invisible, and yet He is the only thing we can chase that won’t leave us feeling more empty.
As Samuel is about to choose David as the next king of Israel, God reminds Samuel that "the Lord looks on the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7). God cares more about the state of our hearts than what everybody else can see in our behavior. This is the place in us that holds what we love most...what we crave...what motivates us. This is the place that actually defines who we are. Our lives are motivated by our hearts. What we love determines how we live.
If our true worth and significance and identity come from something so solid and eternal as God Himself, we don’t have to pretend when we are imperfect. We don’t stand on our accomplishments and personality and performance. We stand securely on the nature of an infinite, loving God. We don’t have to manage our image or pretend we are okay, when we are really broken and imperfect. The grace God gives us in defining who we are changes everything.
A truly dangerous person is one who has nothing to lose. Saul and all of the Israelite men were protective of themselves, their freedom, their comfortable lives. David did not see what he might lose, he saw God; he saw God’s glory and name being mocked, and in faith he was motivated to bring glory to God. Fear is rooted in unbelief and unbelief is sin. Courage is fundamentally a fight for faith. God alone makes us brave.
Many of us hear the word obedience and based on past experiences we feel pressure, and words like rules, punishment, and shame come to mind. Deep in the crevasses of present-day Christendom lies the backward theology that good behavior pleases God. But morality—doing good things for the sake of doing good things—has never won God’s favor. Morality is something we achieve, while righteousness is something we receive.
So often as believers we are afraid to question God. Question. And don't apologize. As if He can’t handle our doubt or questions or hurt or disappointment. We are how He made us: weak and needy, confused and complicated and in need of God. I need a God whom I cannot understand. I need a God big enough to have purposes for my life that are beyond what I can see. And because He happens to be that big and purposeful, our shallow, small hearts will question. And that big God will move; He’ll move toward me to hold, to love, to restore, to comfort, to be.
There are two places we typically run when we see our sin: we run and hide under our religion or morality, or we run in outright rebellion like the prodigal son. Both responses take us further from freedom, further from God's love. Repentance is the confession of the specific ways I have offended God, turning away from the sin and toward God for forgiveness. God doesn't ask us to confess so we will feel guilty, but so we will find freedom to and come back to him.
Surrender does feel costly when our lives are falling apart, but surrender sometimes feels even more difficult in the mundane everyday. And God calls us to trust Him with both. Surrendering to God means we will willingly receive whatever He has for us. He takes our surrendered lives and pours them out on people who need His grace. But we must first offer Him everything and be content with however He writes our story.
What do we long for more than any other thing? The holes every person tries to fill from birth till death are the needs to be known and to be loved. We chase everything trying to fill these God-given holes. He left space in us for Him. That’s just plain cool. He made us incomplete without Him and yet we want everything but Him...so He came after us.