July 16, 2011 by Heather Harris
If there is one person in the Bible that I most identify with, it’s David. Though mostly known as a shepherd, a war hero, and one of Israel’s greatest kings, he was also a poet, a musician, a songwriter, and a man with a heart for worship…in short he was a creative spirit, and one who really, truly loved his God. In fact, God, Himself, called David “a man after [His] own heart,” (Acts 13:22). Obviously, the reason I identify so well with David is his passion for creativity and ability to communicate with the world through various art forms, but what I really love most about David is how real he is with God.
In the Psalms, David’s writing outlines a constant elevator ride of emotions, From anger, to contentment, to despair, to pure elated joy, David writes honestly to God, and I absolutely love it. What bothers me the most about Christians today is how fake a lot of us are, to the point that we are even fake in God’s presence. News flash: God sees through our little games of pretend. So what is the point in keeping our guard up when we are talking to and spending time with Him?
Christians, if there is one thing God wants from us, it is to BE REAL with Him. If not with everyone else, then at least with Him. He already knows everything about us. He knows us even better than we know ourselves. So if you are angry with God, tell Him! If you are stressed about what it means to live the Christian life, tell Him! If you are so crazy in love with Him, you can’t hold it in, tell Him! There is not a single emotion or thought you need hide from God. He wants all of you, so why not give Him what He’s asking for? Pour your heart out at the feet of God, every last bit of it. That’s what true worship is really all about.
David has always been my favorite Bible character, from the time I first heard about him in Sunday school. My reasons for looking up to him have grown and evolved since then, but he is still one of my favorite Bible heroes just the same. Who do you look up to/identify most with from the Bible, and what are your reasons?