A Heart Like His

A Heart Like His

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by Beth Moore

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A Heart Like His looks at this bond of mutual love and admiration between a man who was not unlike any of us and the one true God who is all good and all powerful. Beth Moore walks us through an exploration of David’s incredible life, drawing spiritual insights from a man who boldly fulfilled his divine destiny not merely by what he did, but who


A Heart Like His looks at this bond of mutual love and admiration between a man who was not unlike any of us and the one true God who is all good and all powerful. Beth Moore walks us through an exploration of David’s incredible life, drawing spiritual insights from a man who boldly fulfilled his divine destiny not merely by what he did, but who he loved and served. Bringing lessons from David’s life to bear on your own, this picture of a man who loved and followed God will help you to serve with a heart focused on Him no matter the circumstance.

Available here for the first time in eBook, this new edition also features an excerpt from Moore’s David: Seeking a Heart Like His Bible study.

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A Heart Like His

A Devotional Journal

By Beth Moore

Broadman & Holman Publishers

Copyright © 2001 Broadman & Holman Publishers.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 0-8054-3528-X

God at Work

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Psalm 78:70-72

He chose Dav�d, H�s servant, and He took h�m from the sheepfolds of the flock. From beh�nd the nurs�ng ewes He brought h�m to shepherd Jacob, H�s people, even Israel H�s �nher�tance. So he shepherded them w�th a blameless heart and guided them w�th skillful hands.

God chose David on the surface, the choice made no sense. But God doesn't work on sense; He works on grace.

Do you find God's activity as fascinating as I do? He loves us, calls us, redeems us, and uses us totally because of who He is.

Of David we might think that God called him in spite of the fact that he was a common shepherd. But the facts prove otherwise. God was working in David's life from the beginning ... through the invaluable experience of keeping sheep.

Ephesians 2:10

We are H�s mak�ng, created �n Chr�st Jesus for good works, wh�ch God prepared ahead of time that we should walk �n them.

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The Deeper Question:

Have you d�scovered the ways God has been work�ng—all of your l�fe to prepare you for k�ngdom serv�ce? What exper�ences, lessons, talents, or hurts do you need to present to H�m to H�s use?

Father, thank you for the assurance that you are always at work �n my l�fe. Help me see that to follow you never means to throw away who you made me to be.

Your Power Source

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1 Samuel 16:12-13

He sent and brought h�m �n. He had a bronze complex�on, w�th pleasant eyes and a handsome appearance. The Lord sa�d, "Go ahead and ano�nt h�m. He �s the one." So Samuel took the horn of o�l, and ano�nted h�m �n the presence of h�s brothers, and the sp�r�t of the Lord rushed upon Dav�d and rema�ned from that day on.

The Holy Spirit just can't seem to arrive without power, can He? Even in the life et this little shepherd boy, we see testimony of that power again and again.

David would go on to fell a giant and build a kingdom, but all the good that he accomplished would come from one source—the power of the Holy Spirit.

Samuel's anointing oil may have blurred David's vision when it bathed his eyes that day. But the Spirit's power would help him see things in life that he never dreamed.

Acts 1:8

You w�ll rece�ve power when the Holy Sp�r�t has come upon you, and you w�ll be my w�tness.

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The Deeper Question:

You, rece�ve the Holy Sp�r�t when you rece�ve Chr�st (Rom. 8:9), but you do not automat�cally exper�ence the Sp�r�ts fullness. What spec�f�c steps can you take today to l�ve your l�fe controlled by the sp�r�t?

Lord, I am amazed that you choose to share so personally th�s l�fe of m�ne. Today I need your power. May I surrender to your leadersh�p.

Small Faithfulness

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1 Samuel 16:19-21

Saul sent messengers to Jesse. "Send me Dav�d, your son," he sa�d, "who �s w�th the flock." So Jesse took a donkey, bread, a sk�n of w�ne, and one young goat; and he sent them to Saul by Dav�d, h�s son. Dav�d came to Saul and presented h�mself as h�s servant. Saul l�ked h�m very much, and Dav�d became h�s armor-bearer.

What should you do when God has called you but you don't know what to do next? After David was anointed by Samuel, he returned to caring for his father's sheep.

Mark this down, then, as a good principle: Keep studying God's Word and listening to His voice; but while you're listening, take care of the responsibilities He has given you.

Looking back at years of ministry, I have often seen God use that kind of small faithfulness to accomplish more than the great things of which we dream.

Matthew 25:23

"Well done, good and fa�thful slave! You were fa�thful over a few things; I w�ll put you �n charge of many th�ngs."

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The Deeper Question:

In what small th�ngs are you be�ng fa�thful? Can you be fulf�lled �f God always uses you �n ways the world cons�ders small? Why are there no large or small jobs w�th God?

Father, my ego calls out for recogn�t�on, but your word says that the k�ngdom belongs to the meek and fa�thful. Teach me to be fa�thful �n the small th�ngs that I may be worthy of whatever you g�ve me to do.

Artist and Warrior

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1 Samuel 16:17-18

Saul sa�d to h�s servants, "choose me a man who can play well, and br�ng h�m to me." Then one of the servants answered, "There's a son of Jesse, the Bethlehem�te, that I've seen. He can play, and he's a m�ghty warr�or, a sold�er, sk�lful �n speech, w�th a pleas�ng appearance. Also, the Lord �s w�th h�m."

David had the tenderness and sensitivity of an artist. He was a musician and a songwriter whose comforting melodies truly ministered to King Saul's aching soul.

Yet we are also told he was a warrior, brave and strong. The fingers that gently plucked the strings of a harp could wind fiercely around a sling or a sword.

Tenderness and strength are not exclusive terms. You see them both in David. And in Christ. One without the other leaves an individual lacking wholeness.

2 Samuel 23:1

Th�s �s Dav�d, son of Jesse, speak�ng ... the ano�nted of the God of Jacob, the sweet psalm�st of Israel.

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The Deeper Question:

What qual�t�es do you most value—tend tenderness or strength? In wh�ch d�rect�on do you lean? What can you do to develop e�ther the sens�t�ve or the r�sk-tak�ng s�de of your personal�ty?

Father, I pray that you w�ll teach me to value tenderness and stregth �n all your ch�ldren, male or female, even as you teach me to rely upon your son, the essence of all strength.

More of You, Less of Me

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1 Samuel 10:9-11

When Saul turned h�s shoulder to walk away from Samuel, God transformed h�m, g�v�ng him a d�fferent heart.... when they arr�ved there are G�beah, �ndeed, a band of prophets met h�m. Then the sp�r�t of God came suddenly upon h�m, and he prophes�ed �n the�r m�dst.... Everyone asked each other, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"

A changed heart is the absolute requirement for kingdom service, but a changed heart does not mean a perfect heart. It must be maintained in order to grow in God's direction.

Saul's root problem remained. Just as he had been found hiding among the baggage when the time came for him to be anointed king, he continued to be more concerned about himself and what others would think.

Only God can change a heart, but you must choose whether to give it to Him. Self-consciousness is the opposite of God-consciousness.

Galatians 1:10

Am I now try�ng to w�n the favor of people, or God? ... If I were st�ll try�ng to please people, I would not be Chr�st's slave.

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The Deeper Question:

In what ways can you rejo�ce because God has changed your heart? In what ways are you st�ll "try�ng to please people"? What can you do today to be less self-consc�ous and more God-consc�ous?

Father, allow me opportun�ty to humble myself. Teach me one sk�ll that w�ll make me more consc�ous of you and less consc�ous of me.

Fearless Faith

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1 Samuel 14:6,10

Jonathan sa�d to the young man carry�ng h�s gear, "come on! Let's cross over to the garr�son of those unc�rcumc�sed men. Perhaps the Lord w�ll act through us, for noth�ng can prevent the Lord from br�ng�ng salvat�on, whether He works through many or a few.... the Lord has g�ven them �nto our hands."

In one of the great statements of faith backed by action, Jonathan and his armor-bearer challenged the Philistine detachment holding the pass at Micmash. God showed them they should attack, so they climbed up to the soldiers, killed twenty men, and the Israelites won a great victory.

Jonathan knew the Lord could save, no matter who or how many were fighting the battle. His only question was whether God would choose to do it through them that day. His faith in God's strength and determination stood solidly. God could do anything!

Luke 18:27

"What �s �mposs�ble w�th men �s poss�ble w�th God."

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The Deeper Question:

How would �t affect your l�fe today �f you thoroughly, completely bel�eved Jonathan's words—that "noth�ng can prevent the Lord from br�ng�ng salvat�on, whether He works through many or a few."

Lord, like the father of the demon-possessed boy (Mark 9:24), I cry out to you today. I really do believe, but I need You to help my unbelief.


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1 Samuel 17:26,32

Dav�d sa�d to the men who were stand�ng by h�m ... "who �s th�s unc�rcumc�sed Ph�l�st�n, that he should �nsult the arm�es of the l�v�ng God?" ... Dav�d sa�d to Saul, "No man's courage should fa�l on account of h�m! Your servant w�ll go and f�ght w�th this Ph�l�st�ne."

As his countrymen cowered in fear, David saw the situation differently. A person who fears God has no reason to fear anything else.

On the other hand, fear becomes a way of life for the person who does not fear God. David feared God, so he did not fear Goliath. Saul did not fear God, so he feared the opinions of others, the enemy, and even a loyal young boy wino played the harp.

If only Saul had known this: No giant will ever match a big God with a little rock.

1 Samuel 17:4-7

"The battle �s the Lord's, and He'll del�ver you, �nto our hands."


Excerpted from A Heart Like His by Beth Moore. Copyright © 2001 by Broadman & Holman Publishers. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Meet the Author

Beth Moore is a writer and teacher of best-selling books and Bible studies whose public speaking engagements carry her all over the United States. A dedicated wife and mother of two adult daughters, Moore lives in Houston, Texas, where she is president and founder of Living Proof Ministries.

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Heart Like His 4.3 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 38 reviews.
ButterflyBlessingsBlog More than 1 year ago
This has been one of my favorite Bible study reads of the last couple years. It has quite a few things that make it stand out. One is that I like Beth Moore's style. She takes any subject and makes you feel as if you're sitting in her living room and talking about it with just her and maybe some snacks and a nice cup of coffee or tea. She has a conversational approach that I like. She also has great subject matter. The life of David shows the best and worst of man. It gives us this wonderful example of how we can seek God in good and bad times and how God can use us in spite of our weakness - and oftentimes because of it. There is so much treasure to learn from how David honored God and how he failed as well. Even the way the book is organized is brilliant. The chapters are short so you can easily fit them into any busy schedule. She has included any necessary Bible verses so you don't need to have anything but the book in order to do the study (though she encourages you to use your own Bible to read more passages). I also love how the study is arranged in order by how the events played out historically - so you can see how one decision led to another and so on. This is the kind of study that is approachable and useful for Christians in many stages of their walk with Christ. It is straightforward and simple enough for new Christians, but there is enough meat and challenging material for those who have loved the Lord for many years. I want to thank the publisher for providing my copy. It did not influence my review.
KCK_Blogger More than 1 year ago
This book is a five star. I have not joined any bible study groups but if you have been reading this blog, you know that I have read a few Christianity themed books. Some are fiction that added God subtly, others preaches and uses fear like you will go to hell or be left behind if you don't believe. In this book Beth Moore, an American evangelist, teacher, author and founder of Living Proof Ministries have a writing style that makes it sound like she is talking, discussing and teaching you about the life of David through different bible scriptures and her personal experiences. A friend at church once asked casually if I know David and I answered no because all I know about David is that he was the shepherd who sling shot Goliath and became the King of Israel. I don't have any in depth knowlege about him. So when I was contacted by Shelton Interactive if I would like to review this book, I agreed right after I read what the book is about. Here Beth Moore will tell us about Eli, Samuel, Hannah, King Saul and Jonathan. She will discussed how a harp player shepherd will become the anointed one and be the second King of Israel. How he survived being persecuted by King Saul and his relationship with Jonathan. How he rose to be King and ruled over Israel. We will learn his family life. That even being the chosen one, David was still human and sinned against God repeatedly. She describes the ups and downs in Davids life until his last breath at the age of 70, a King who have ruled for 40 years and was succeeded by Solomon, his son with Bathsheba. I would recommend this book to anybody, any age who would like to learn more about David. The last part of the book is a list of review questions great for bible study groups or anybody who would like to reflect on the Life of David. I got this book free from B&H Publishing through Shelton Interactive in exchange for an honest review.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
Although I have "flirted" with Beth Moore books and Bible studies in the past, this is the first time I have ever sar down and read one of her books in its entirity. My mom has been through several Beth Moore studies, and allusions are always made to this fantastic Bible teacher. And all I can say is that this book more than fulfilled my expectations. I can assure you that this will not be the only time I ever pick this book up. This is a keeper! I grew up in the church, and I am a Bible college graduate. But even I had not considered some of the aspects of David's life that Beth Moore draws out of the Scriptures. This book is not a light read. I recommend taking your time and really letting the Word and its message soak into your soul. I am just a little bit overwhelmed since I read the book in under a week. But even in my reading of it in that time frame, I can highly recommend it. The true merit of a book that is written to be used as a Bible study is whether it touched my heart and soul. I am happy to say it did. Seeing ho2w many times David messed up but always came back to God gives me great hope. It shows just how much mercy God has to give out even in the Old Testament. I was most touched as I read about how David continued to trust even when he did not understand or things did not make sense. It is a message that God has been "pounding into my brain" lately. Tears came to my eyes as I read about how even unjust humiliation and misunderstanding does not mean that you have stepped out of God's will. It may not make sense, and we may never understand why things happen just as they do. But we have to trust that God knows what He is doing. Thank you, Beth, I needed to hear that. I too long for a heart like David. And even in my weaknesses and failings, God can use me! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100% mine.
rmattos More than 1 year ago
David was always my favorite character in bible stories. His simplicity as a boy and shepherd, his determination as an anointed by God, his complexity as a king, and above all, his love for God, those characteristics made him a very special person. And author Beth Moore capture all details of his personality in this wonderful and well written book. We clearly note the passion that Beth has for David and how well she introduce all stories related to this character, his Back Story, his friendship with Jonathan, his fight for survival from Saul's persecution, so every aspect of his life is described in details and in such a passionate way that we would have to cheer for David even if we did not like him. Although his life is full of struggles, he always kept his love for God. The book is divided in 9 parts for a total of 52 chapters. Each Part has a Psalm as a theme and the chapters for that part develop the main theme or that part of David's story. At the end of the book we find some Review Questions for us to meditate on the reading, and possible use them in a bible discussion group. This was a magnificent effort from the author who put together this excellent book with a strong message, and I recommend it to the permanent library of any person who enjoys a good reading of biographical nature on a fascinating character. This book was written by Beth More and published by B&H Publishing Group originally in 1999, and was republished in 2003 and 2012, with the same name. The author was kind enough to provide me a copy for reviewing through Shelton Interactive and I was not asked to provide a positive feedback. Opinions here are my own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is beyond the Star-Rating System. Beth is passion personified when it comes to the things of the Lord. I've heard the story of David and studied his life for many years. It amazes me how God continues to give insight, to convict, to encourage, and to challenge my heart with David's life. This is one of those books that will touch your life no matter who you are, where you are or what you are going through.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
This book takes the life of David and goes in depth, drawing life lessons in each chapter. I’ve read books by Beth Moore before and enjoyed them. This was another great book. The title describes the book well. It’s hard to write non-fiction and make it interesting to the reader. Beth Moore has that talent. I was impressed and inspired. I learned some new things and was reminded of how much my Saviour loves me. Another great feature is the review questions in the back. It’s great for deeper thoughts or could even be used for a Bible study guide. I would definitely recommend this book. I received this book free of charge from Shelton Interactive in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much to take in when reading about the man who loved God so fiercefully! Absolutely loved the book. Reminds us that even as sinners we can be a people after the heart of God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David's life is intimately portrayed and the reader can definitely relate to his struggles and desire to have a better relationship with God. You will develope a deeper understanding of how God works and controls your life. Beth Moore truly has a unique gift for writing and I was deeply touched by her presentation of David's life and what I learned and understand from this study is applied daily in my life. Your attitude and relationship with God will only be strengthened by reading this book.
Andrea_Renee_Cox 6 months ago
by Andrea Renee Cox The life of David is a great one to study, because he was such a complex man. He loved God greatly, yet he "fell short," as we all do. He was a shepherd, warrior, king, and a servant. Beth Moore's book A Heart Like His takes an honest, in-depth look at David's life and how we may also learn to have a heart like God's. This book took me through many Scriptures that were familiar to me, but it helped me see them in a new way. Most of all, this book helped me spend more time with the God I love. Do you want to learn more about the life of David and the Almighty God he served? If so, A Heart Like His by Beth Moore is a wonderful place to begin.
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Even through ALL his mistakes and valleys, the only thing he was able to do is look up. He could have stayed but GOD meant more to him even through his failure. I'm not perfect but I need to try my best to please God.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who needs movies and entertainment when you can read all the drama and scandal in the Holy Bible!? :) "A Heart Like His" is an enjoyable and thought-provoking study on King David's (drama-filled, crazy, oh-no-he-didn't) life - it helps shed light on King David's heart, faults, and, most importantly, passion for God. I highly recommend taking Beth Moore's advise in the book to read the scriptures as highlighted in the header of the chapter; I did this and it made the study more meaningful and revelatory for me. As with any study, don't expect to speed though this book - along with reading the scriptures, each chapter gives a lot to digest with enlightening information and applicable life lessons. For me, this book fell just short of 5 stars because, although beautifully written, Beth Moore's writing style in some areas may be a little to gentle for my shoot-it-straight personality.
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Great book. I highly recommend it.
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I have been reading biblical history all of my life, and just when I thought I remembered it all..........Very easy reading. I am loving the book.
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If you really love somebody this should be a good book for all the ladies who aare in love
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