Let’s take a real biblical look at batter my heart.
In the church we have made God very clinical, sterile, insipid, and neutered. And our God is anything but. His passionate pursuit of us is often offensive, rude, and appears harsh. The level of His passion is the level of His pursuit. And everything that stands in the way of His pursuit is leveled and annihilated, including our good Christianity. Does this seem too severe a view of God? Let’s look at someone who lived with a heart for God to see if God battered it.
David: Batter My Heart
David was a man after God’s own heart. Did God batter his heart? Yes, for sure! Here’s one huge way. To this man whose heart was wide open and full of passion, God occasionally showed Himself as harsh and rude. How, you might ask? Looking at his recorded story, you can see it.
First David’s own father and brothers all but rejected him. He wasn’t even worth seeing. He was more of a slave than a son. Do you think this wounded a little boy with a wide-open heart? They didn’t even think of him when Samuel came to select a king. “That’s just David. No, he couldn’t be king! ” And this was of God’s design, even though it would’ve wounded David greatly. A battering of his heart, but David was God’s man.
Then his next role model – and father figure – King Saul hounded and pursued him to kill him. Yes, thirteen times in all. And how did this fully passionate man of heart translate this? With agony! It killed him. All of those who were supposed to be seen as being roles of loving and fathering despised him. He bemoans this in the Psalms.
So Why Does God Batter My Heart
Why? Why would God be so rude and harsh to a man with such a heart? Because God chose not to share David’s heart with any other. He would not see David call any man father but Himself. He battered David’s heart. He assaulted him in love. That love just didn’t look like our idea of love. It offends our modern sensibilities. But we experience this God of passion all the time. Remember, God’s love is as cruel as the grave, and as strong as death. The grave is a relentless, unforgiving force. The grave doesn’t apologize for swallowing its victim. It ruthlessly takes and thanklessly receives them. Death is an inevitable force that pursues us and eventually overtakes us. This is our God, too.