I have been intrigued with the life of David for many years already. There are so many lessons hidden in the passages of scripture that describe the life of David. I have read many books about it, listened to many sermons about it, and I still don’t know or understand it all. Every now and them, I stumble upon another nugget of revelation in the life of David. Yesterday was such as day.
Did you know that David was a man after God’s own heart? That is quite a statement. I certainly wouldn’t mind to have a testimony like that!
When Samuel went to anoint a new king, he thought the first son of Jesse must surely be the one, but look what the Lord told him:
1 Samuel 16:7 – But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
God wasn’t interested in the appearance, He was interested in the heart. And He chose David. So what was so different about David’s heart? We find a part of the answer in Acts 13:22.
Acts 13:22 He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.
David had it in his heart, to put God’s will in front of his own. He had the same attitude that Jesus had: “Not my will Lord, but Your will be done”.
The second part of the answer we find the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. Saul and his entire army looked at the giant in the physical realm and they were afraid. David looked in the spiritual realm and saw an enemy of God.
1 Samuel 17:26 – “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
Why is David referring to the circumcision? The circumcision was the sign of the covenant the Israelites had with God. The giant wasn’t circumcised. He did not have a covenant with God. David knew he could beat the giant just because of that. David had a covenant with God, Goliath didn’t. David knew the Lord God Almighty, Goliath didn’t.
If we want to have hearts like David, we can start with these two principles. We should be ready and willing to follow the will of God, regardless of our plans, our own comfort zones, our own opinions about our abilities, other peoples opinions about our abilities etc etc etc. It’s God’s plan all the way. Secondly, we should know who we are in Christ. We can only get to that confident knowledge that David had, if we spend time seeking God and studying His Word. David KNEW what was in the covenant. We should KNOW the promises in the Word.
I want to have a heart like David. I want to hear God say one day “‘I have found Hilda, the daughter of Vivian, a woman after My own heart, who will do all My will.”
What about you?