How was David after God’s own heart? What does that mean exactly? Does it mean to constantly read your Bibles, meditate, and pray unceasingly? While we are to do these things, is this what God means?
Was David a man of status? No. He was a shepherd, a warrior, a musician, and a ladies man.
Was he holy and sinless? No. The Bible tells us that no one other than Jesus Christ was ever able to live a sinless life. In fact the Bible gives many details of David’s life and quickly dispels the idea that he was holy enough to be a man after God’s own heart.
I think there are several reasons why David was after God’s own heart. One reason is David’s heart…..
After David committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband Uriah killed to cover up the sin, God sent Nathan to him to confront him with sin. We see the real heart of David in this incident.
2 Samuel 12:13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.”
May people when confronted with their own sin want to kill the messenger or deny responsiblity, or blame others. David could have said, “Well Bathsheba should not have been bathing out in the open.” Or he could have blamed the servants who went to get her for him. There are many things that David could have pointed to but he didn’t. He confessed his sin with a contrite heart.
Another reason: He does what God wants him to do.
Acts 13:22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything that I want him to do.’
Wow, how simple is that and yet how hard is that for us to emulate? David was willing to do whatever God asked him to do. As we have seen David had his faults, but God knew his heart and knew David loved Him and would do whatever He asked him to do.
We should live as holy a life as we can and we can live a very holy life with the Holy Spirit’s help. We should read and meditate on God’s Word. We should be people of prayer, praying without ceasing. Yet if we really want to be men and women after God’s own heart, we need to start doing what He asks us to do. It’s not always easy, and it’s not always fun and it’s often without human reward or recognition but who do we serve, man or God? Who do we want to please, man or God? Who do we want to think highly of us, man or God?