”And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.” Acts 13:22
David started out as a nobody. The youngest of Jesse’s sons, he was so insignificant that Jesse did not even bother to introduce him to the prophet who would anoint the future king. Through his fearless faith, David killed Goliath and in the process, became a national hero and King Saul’s son-in-law. He eventually became king. All was well until he comitted adultery with Batsheba and had her righteous husband killed. After confession and repentance, David’s relationship with God was restored. Years later he was remembered not as an adulterer, not as a great military leader, not as a mighty king, but as a man after God’s heart.
Let’s follow David’s example in the following ways:
1. Do everything God wants you to do : OBEDIENCE
“For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep…” Acts 13:36
2. Desire nothing but God : PASSION
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-26
3. Deal with sin in your life : REPENTANCE
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and donenwhatvis evilbin your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgement. ” Psalm 51:1-4
4. Develop spiritual habits: DISCIPLINE
Being a man after God’s heart does not happen by accident. It takes deliberate effort. If we are serious about our walk with God, we must develop spiritual habits of:
- Reading the Bible
Even though David had major failures in his life, because he repented, he was remembered as man after God’s heart. We can be remembered as men after God’s heart if we follow David’s example of obedience, passion, repentance, and discipline.
Which of the spiritual disciplines are you good at? Which area do you need help developing?