The Story Of David, A Man After God’s Own Heart
Although David was selfish concerning his desires, he was still deemed a man after God’s Heart. In this article you will learn more about the story of King David. A second King of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah. According to the bible, David, being human has gone through many life changing events. A shepherd boy, a musician, later killing Goliath and ultimately putting a hit on Bathseba’s husband. Some would call him crazy,but in the midst of all of his evil schemes, he managed to be a man after God’s heart. Acts 13: 22 “22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them, David to be their king. To whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill my will.”
The Bible is filled with God’s favorite people, from Abraham, Jacob, to David every one of them had a great relationship with God. However, the one that strikes us the most is the story of David. How can an imperfect man full of greed and folly such as David be a man after God’s Heart? If we want to pick who truly deserves this position, I am sure most of us will not pick David. Nevertheless, we as the children of God can learn a lot from the story of David. Below are some of the traits, David possessed that moved his way to God’s Heart. Also, if we can study, and input these traits in our daily lives, we will live a life of Joy, peace, grace, and mercy just to name a few.
One of the wonderful traits of David is humility; when it came to God, he did not act as king, he humbled himself before the lord not minding who was looking. Psalms 84:10 “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than dwell in the tents of the wicked”
The above scripture showed the passion David had for God; imagine a king preferring to serve in the house of God as a doorkeeper. It takes the humbled to utter such a statement. Today, many Christians are very pompous with their positions in office, social status, etc., they fail to worship God, as David did. David was not like that after he was made the king of Israel, he showed his love and fondness for his Savior. In spite of his faults, his lust or the fact that he would dare to look at another man’s wife, he stooped to an all time low committing homicide. Some would say David vicious and had to be punished, the Lord will never allow you to do such hideous crimes and allow then to go unnoticed. You will reap what you sow. Even if you have God’s heart.
2 Samuel 6:14-23 “14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might, and David was girded with a linen Ephod.
15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
16 And as the Ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
17 And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.
18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts.
19 And he dwelt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, both women and men, to everyone a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed everyone to his house.
20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David. Saying, how glorious was the king of Israel today, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!
21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the Lord, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel: therefore will I play before the Lord.
22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honor.
23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.”
Until we learn to humble ourselves before the Lord, we cannot benefit from His love. He is ever ready to direct and order our steps, but we have to allow Him. Humility is the secret behind Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:14 “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” We have to behave like children before the Lord, to receive the full benefits of salvation. The story of David is one that all of us can relate to, you see this great King, but then there is this monster who kills, and on the flip side you see this meek and humble servant. God’s heart is so gracious, forgiving, and the tolerance that He shows us is limitless. Who wouldn’t serve a God like this?
Yes, David was a faithful servant, he never failed to acknowledged God. He always showed excitement to be in the presences of God. Psalms 122; “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” We move God when we do things for God willingly or seek His presence, just to be with Him and not ask Him for the tangible things, is exciting to God. God loves it when we praise him. David believed in sacrifice, and the willingness to surrender his all to God, in return winning God’s heart.
David trusted God with all his heart, he inquired of the Lord before making any decisions and for this, he lived a victorious life. 1 Samuel 30: 8 “And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”
David boast of his God Psalms 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalms 91 vs. 2-3 “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; in Him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver me from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.”
Psalms 119:34 shows how David yearns to obey God’s will “Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.”
Psalms 25:11 “For thy sake name’s sake, o Lord, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.” God is not looking for the “perfect” man; He has done that already by sending His son Jesus Christ to die for everyone, including you. David deviated from God’s plan, but he did not stay in sin but ran back to God for forgiveness. That is what God is looking for, He does not want to lose you, and He needs you back to His fold. Romans 4:8 “BLESSED IS THE MAN TO WHOM GOD HAS NOT IMPUTE SIN”
David praises God more than he prayed Psalms 119:164 “Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments”. When we praise, we will be “Godly,” and when God’s presence richly dwells in you, there is no battle you cannot win just like David. David would humble himself and respectfully bow to God. He cleansed his soul, and committed his spirit unto God.
Encourage Yourself: Pray that lust and evil never takes over your mind or body, just as Satan did with David.The best part of this entire story is that David had a sincere love for God. His heart desired to please God, but in his flesh dwelled no good thing. When he wanted to do good, evil was always present. David knew to repent when he committed a sin, and loved to bless the name of God, his creator. David lacked pride and was inclined to anger from time to time. But he had enough faith to stand on God’s promise, and was never reluctant about what God could do. David was never indecisive, or would hesitate when it came to what he wanted. He made himself available to God, willing to confess his sins and has had to accept the curse from God for his actions.
God’s heart is what I want, to know that even when I make a mistake He is just and forgiving enough to forgive me.