Israel had many kings, but no King was a famous as it’s second King, David. Before he was a king, David was a shepherd boy tending his father’s sheep. He was the youngest of his father’s sons.
In 1 Samuel 16, we find the story of Samuel’s journey to anoint the next King of Israel. He passes over Jesse’s first two sons believing that God would choose them as king. But it is here that God reminds him that God does not look at the outward appearance, but at the heart of a man (1 Sam 16:7).
I can imagine that he was probably picked on quite a bit with 7 older brothers in the house. But it was this little brother that was anointed by the great prophet Samuel to become the next King of Israel.
In Acts 13:22, “After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do. (NIV)”
David -A Man After God’s Heart
Many of you may already know the story of David, if you don’t I encourage you to read it. David was a great hero and ruler of Israel. He was also an adulterer, murderer, and he failed to discipline his children.
Yet, he was still considered a man after God’s heart. Why? This has always been a question the puzzled me. After all, how could someone who had committed such terrible sins still be considered a man after God’s heart?
In my mind I couldn’t reconcile the sins that David committed with the heart of God. If you take after someone your just like them, you copy them, you walk like them, you talk like them. Isn’t that what it means to take after someone?
It wasn’t until a yesterday while I was listening to a preacher talk about David that I understood what this scripture was saying.
It wasn’t that David’s heart was like God’s, but that David was chasing after the heart of God. In spite of Davids shortcomings David always wanted to please God.
Is that our main goal as Christians to please God or to please men?
Even when David sinned and was confronted by the prophet he confessed and repented (2 Sam 12:1-14). He didn’t harden his heart, like some of us would have done.
When David challenged Goliath it wasn’t for fame, glory, or the hand of Saul’s daughter. He was indignant that such a man would challenge God’s people and make a mockery of His God (1 Sam:17).
When is the last time you’ve been indignant when the world makes a mockery of the things of God? Did you stand up for it or just keep silent?
When the ark of the covenant was returned to Israel King David danced with all of his might before the Lord. He didn’t care what anyone thought of him because he was dancing for God (2 Sam 6).
When God blesses us, do we give him the glory and tell others about what he’s done for us?
Unlike his predecessor Saul, David was obedient to God. The last part of Acts 13:22 says,” … he will do everything I want him to.”
Are we obedient to the holy spirit when he tells us to buy the person in front of us groceries or to give more in the offering this week?
How Do We Become Men/Women After God’s Own Heart
Being a man or woman after God’s own heart does not mean that we are perfect and it does not mean that we will be without sin. It does mean that:
- We need to have a relationship with God.
- We need to focus on pleasing God.
- We should be quick to repent and turn from our wicked ways.
- We need to stand up for the things of God, even if it means we have to stand alone.
- We need to to be obedient and committed to the teachings of Christ.
All of these things can be accomplished by reading Gods word and developing a personal relationship with Christ our Redeemer. David had a personal relationship with God. He trusted God in spite of the difficulties and the challenges he faced before and after he became King.
Because of Jesus, we are able to develop a relationship with God, without the sacrifice of animals, like David did. So, let us strive to be men and woman after God’s heart.
Remember that God looks at the heart of a person. Ask yourself today am I a man/woman after God’s heart?
If you have any other tips or insights please feel free to share them in the comments section.
Until Next Time,
The Crafty Afro