My favorite man from the bible (besides Jesus) is David. Hands down. No questions. I’ve been fascinated with David for about two years now. In books I read, scriptures I read, sermons I listen to, and articles I read about King David, I can literally always relate to his life in some way. God has spoken to me on several occasions and revealed to me how some of the situations I’ve endured can be compared to situations and circumstances that affected David. His trials, his successes, his failures, and his relationship with God reminds me of my own story. Most of all David’s desire to be like the Lord, be used by the Lord, and to serve the Lord resonates with me the most.
David was “a man after God’s own heart” which to me is the ultimate compliment. The word “after” can mean “in compliance with the wishes of”, “imitating”, or “in pursuit of”. I believe God was referring to all three of these definitions when describing David. David was a man “in compliance with the wishes” of God’s own heart, he was a man “imitating” God’s own heart, and he was “in pursuit of” God’s own heart, which is why he had such favor with the Lord.
David was someone the Lord could trust. Whatever the Lord “wished” for him to do, he did. He was in total compliance and agreement with the will of the Lord (for the most part). He did whatever the Lord asked him to do, because he was totally trusting of Him and put his complete faith in the Lord. God knew that if there was work to be done, He could send David. He could depend on David to carry out his purpose. David had a longing to be in and do the will of the Lord and for that reason David strived to be as much like Christ as he could. David loved the word of God, loved to pray, and loved to praise the Lord which were all things God found captivating about David. David was someone who’s spirit God could agree with, which mad him a man after God’s own heart.
What I’ve realized is that EVERY Christian should be working to be more like David. Yes, he sinned. Yes, he messed up a few (lots of) times. But David had plenty of characteristics that God LOVED that outweighed his obvious character flaws.
David was fearless. He defeated Goliath using rocks and faith. He saw that Goliath was terrorizing the people of God and that others were afraid to battle him, so David did it. He believed he could beat Goliath and he believed God would help him do it, so he went for it. He truly and wholeheartedly trusted God and had complete faith in Him to lead him and guide him to victory.
David did whatever God wanted him to do. He was obedient. When David became King after Saul, he asked God what to do in every situation. Even before he was king when he was running from Saul, he always asked God what to do. He never thought he could handle something own his own.
David repented. Like he REALLY repented every single time He sinned. He always went back to God with a broken and contrite heart. David wasn’t a man after God’s own heart because he always got it right. He held that title because he always came back to God with an open heart ready to change. David didn’t just ask for forgiveness, so he could do the same thing over and over again. He repented because he wanted to be free from sin and able to walk in right standing with God once more.
Even after he repented, he understood that consequences would still have to be endured because of his sin. He withstood all of those consequences knowing that it was for his good. David legit suffered for the sins he committed against God, but he picked back up and continued to serve God which made him worthy of being a man after God’s own heart. He didn’t let the consequences of his sin stop him from worshiping and praising God in and after his trials.
In addition to those things, David was also humble, he loved unity, and he was loving and compassionate.
All of these things equate to why David of all people was said to be a man after God’s own heart. The bible gives very distinct and clear details of David’s life, and I think it would do nothing but benefit us if we were to read about him and truly follow in his footsteps.
I want to be a woman after God’s own heart. I desire to be a vessel for God to use to manifest His promises and purposes on the Earth as all Christians should. I’m on a path to building my faith up to be as strong as David’s, working to be as humble and compassionate as he was, learning to love the word of God as he did, and learning to do EVERY SINGLE THING the Lord tells me to do. Why? Because I want to be in compliance with the wishes of God’s heart, imitate God’s heart, and be in pursuit of God’s heart, and obtain the favor of the Lord as David did.
David wasn’t a man after God’s own heart because he was perfect. He was quite the opposite. David knew he was imperfect and he knew he needed God, and that’s the way all of us should live.
As always love God, love people. And live like David so you can be a woman or man after God’s own heart.