How was David, of all people, after God’s own heart? If you know what David was really like, it seems odd that he was the one who God proclaims be after His heart. 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 sinned with Bathsheba and had her husband, Uriah, killed to cover it all up, God sent Nathan to him to confront him with the 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.”
Many people when confronted with their own sin want to kill the messenger, deny responsibility, or blame others. David could have easily made several excuses, but he didn’t. He confessed his sin with a contrite heart.
Another reason why David was after God’s heart is because he did what God wanted 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 and yet how hard is that for us to emulate? David was willing to do whatever God asked him to do. David had his faults, but God knew his heart and knew that David loved Him and would do whatever He asked him to do.
So, what can you do to be after God’s own heart? You can start (or continue) by reading and meditating on God’s Word day and night. We should be people of prayer, 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 in the end it boils down to who we really want to live for, man or God? Who do we want to please, man or God? Who do we want to think highly of us, man or God?
Partly adapted from BoldlyProclaimingChrist.wordpress.com