When I heard the sarcasm in the voice of the news reporter, I paused long enough to hear him say: “He’s a man’s man.” I wasn’t surprised to learn he was was speaking about Sean Penn’s debacle with the diabolical Joaquín Guzmán or El Chapo.
Neither one of the two come to my mind when I think of a “man’s man.” One is a misguided political activist and lousy actor while the other is an infamous drug king pin.
When God sent Samuel to the home of Jesse to find and anoint a new king, Jesse gladly showed him his sons who were fine specimens of manhood. Even though each of them had some physical characteristics that were desirable, Samuel was to consider more than just their strength.
Before this selection process began, God had reminded Samuel that the “Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (I Samuel 16).”
Only one of Jesse’s sons had the “heart” that met the criteria, and his name was David. This young sheep herder would become a successful King of Israel and the author of many of the Psalms.
When you read the Psalms, several verses speak of the qualities God desires in a person. Psalm One is perhaps the most familiar, but there are many other verses that speak of a man’s attitude and his relationship with God:
- The man whose life is out of hand due to his arrogance and unrepentant heart (Psalm 6:2-6).
- The man who thinks he has the world in his hand (Psalm 30:6).
- The man who is right because he’s never left God out of his life (Psalm 16:7-11).
- The man who walks hand in hand with God and recognizes Him as the Lord, relies on His strength, and rests in Him as a personal refuge (Psalm 18:1-3).
When people observe you, do they see a person who has a heart for God, and one who is walking hand in hand with Him?