“A man after God’s own heart“
Acts 13:22 “And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all of my will.” KJV
The bible describes many events that happened in David’s life. Some were pleasing in God’s eye’s, and some were not so pleasing.
From the time he was a young shepherd boy tending sheep, to growing into and becoming a king and a mighty warrior, David faced many challenges in his life, and did not always make right decisions.
Three of many events that happened in David’s life, points to the fact that he was after God’s own heart;
His fight with the giant Goliath
1st Samuel 17:45 “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
Repentance of his sin with His with Bathsheba
Psalm 51:1-4 “Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions. Vs.2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. Vs.3 For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Vs.4 Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.
Seeking God for strength and guidance
1st Samuel 30:6-8 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. Vs. 7 Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. Vs 8 So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”
When we read and study the life of David, we see that in spite of what David did, he was determined to do what honored and pleased God. Pursuing the heart of God had become second nature, and a life style of David.
The motives that a person has, can have a positive or negative effect toward the accomplishments in a person’s life.
Psalm 63:1 “God ,You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.”
Father in heaven, your servant David has set a powerful example of how we can live today, we your people can follow that example by being a people after Your own heart, in Jesus name…Amen!
Continuing in His service…Rev