The heart of David 3 – Repentance

Morning Dew


Key Passage: Psalm 51


Key Text: Psalm 51:4 – “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight..”




A friend once joked and said ‘blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken’. He said this to try and convince us not to be stubborn and obstinate, especially when we realise we are wrong. Malleability, moldability and tenderness of heart can be a great asset in situations that are fast moving and dynamic. We all have some degree of stubbornness in us and we all sometimes refuse to accept our wrongs, especially if confronted openly. We do this to save face, but we only make our positions worse off.

The key text today is taken from a Psalm David wrote when he had a very difficult situation on his hands. David had stayed back during a season he was supposed to have gone to war. Perhaps, he had now become so confident that his mighty men could deal with any enemy. Know one knows, but as he paced his veranda in the evening, his eye caught sight of a very beautiful woman bathing, and he lost his senses. He asked who she was; they told her she was the wife of one of his generals, Uriah the Hittite. David was consumed with lust and invited the woman over seduced her and slept with her. Sometime later the woman came back to David and told him she was pregnant. David thought of a smart plan to pass the baby off as Uriah’s child. He sent for Uriah and plied him with wine and food and asked him to go home. The guy just stayed at the palace and refused to go home. David tried again a second time and even suggested that he should go and enjoy his wife, but this loyal soldier refused to take the pleasurable route. David then decided he better get rd of the guy. So he sent a letter to Joab and asked that they set Uriah up in the place where the battle was fiercest, then withdraw from him, so he would be killed. Joab executed David’s plan to the letter. David was informed that Uriah the Hittite was dead and then David took Bathsheba Uriah’s wife into his house as one of his wives.

God then spoke to Nathan the prophet about David’s heinous sin. This is where David’s heart just shone through. He did not try to justify his actions, like his predecessor, Saul. When Samuel confronted him for disobeying God’s instructions, he began to justify himself and tried to save face. But David never once tried to explain his actions to Nathan. The bible tells us David’s first statement was ‘I have sinned against the Lord’.  This is so powerful. He did not try to look good to Nathan. He refused to let man distract him from the real issue. He confessed exactly what was in his heart. He knew whom he had sinned against in the first instance and he immediately started repenting. David stayed seven days in God’s presence pleading with God to spare the child and forgive his sin. The child died and David got up, washed and changed his clothes, and went straight back into the house of the Lord and worshipped God.

These actions are not normal. They are actions of a man with a real heart for God. Most of us will sulk and cry and cast aspersions at God for letting the child die. But David did not act like that. He simply got up, washed, changed his clothes and went back into God’s house and worshipped him. He then went to his house and asked for food.

David knew something, God had accepted his repentance. He also knew that he had to quickly return to God’s presence. Here is a thought for you to consider. When you sin, do you always run to God’s presence or do you try and run far from Him? Adam and Eve ran from God’s presence when they sinned. People always tend to run away from God, but the truth is we need to run into God’s merciful hands whenever we sin. We need to go to Him in repentance and let Him restore us. After all, He is the only one who has the power to forgive sins and cleanse us from all our sins.

This is one of the greatest manifestations of the heart of David. Quick to repent. Quick to get back into fellowship with God. God said he would always look upon a person who has a contrite heart and a broken spirit. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

No wonder God called David a man after His own heart!


Let’s pray: Father God, thank you for showing the example of David in repentance. Lord your word says it is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance. Lord help us to always remember that we can find mercy with you and so we should not run away from you when we sin and do wrong. Father, please give us tender hearts that turn quickly back to you when we sin. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

The Heart of David 2 – Simplicity

Morning Dew


Key Passage: Psalm 27


 Psalm 27:4 – “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.”



Life ought to be quite simple. But the more we seem to know the less we realise we do not know. We add knowledge upon knowledge and end up more ignorant than when we had little knowledge. One thing we can all agree with is that life is not that simple, otherwise many will succeed at this matter of life and living. A friend once told me that the LASER is focussed light and that is why it is so powerful and can cut through the hardest steel. I have not researched it, but it seems quite plausible and fit for my purpose today. God in His infinite wisdom has set the agenda for life and has made it so simple to succeed in life if we can order our lives along His prescribed route. In the book of Deuteronomy 6 verses 4 and 5, we read the following “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” This is simple enough. God is one or number one and we must love Him with all we are and all we have. If we can do this simple deed, we would succeed in the matter of life. But do we? Is our life that simple?

Today, let’s look at David again. David was successful in life. He had many flaws and made some grievous mistakes, committed heinous crimes and sinned so badly, yet he succeeded in life. He was so successful that God made His dynasty and eternal one. He made sure that The Lord Jesus, the eternal King of all the ages, is a direct descendant of David and when He returns at the end of time, He would take up the throne of David in Jerusalem. Why was David so successful?

May I suggest that it comes from the simplicity of his heart? May I also point out that David had a focussed heart. His heart was ruled by one overarching desire. This we find in our text for today. 

Psalm 27:4 “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.”

David said in this Psalm that his single most important request from God and what he seeks the most, is that he would dwell in the house of God and gaze upon the beauty of the Lord. In other words, my goal in life is simple. Just give me God and I would be fine. All I need is to be in His presence and everything will work itself out in my life. David was obsessed with God’s presence. He loved God so much that he spent most of His days just musing about God. He wanted to be so close to God that he literarily built God’s tabernacle behind his house and went in there as often as he could in a day. He stayed up all night to be with God. David did not concern himself with too many things; he just spent time with God. The Psalms are full of his testimonies on this matter.

David simplified life by choosing the ONE THING that mattered most, the presence of God. It is interesting that in the book of Luke 10:38-42, we read the story of two sisters and the Lord Jesus Christ. Martha and Mary. They both loved the Lord and their brother Lazarus was His friend. One day the Lord visited their house and Martha got busy trying to be the perfect hostess, but Mary just sat at His feet and looked and listened to the Lord. Martha got annoyed and complained to Jesus that Mary was not helping in the kitchen. Jesus’ answer is quite instructive. He said ““Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Jesus told her in plain language that her busyness was not what was required, but like Mary, only ONE THING is really needed and that is what Mary had chosen. He affirmed that the person who desired and spent time in His presence has chosen the best part.

Let me encourage you to give God top priority and spend time with Him. Become a God-chaser. Become obsessed with His presence. Desire Him more than anything else in this life and I guarantee you will be successful in life.

Let me leave you with a word from God on success taken from Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

So make your life simple, just make the knowledge of God you chief purpose and that is God’s definition of success. But how can you know someone you do not spend time with?


Let’s pray: Father God like David, please give us the grace to put you as the chief purpose of our lives. Lord please draw us into deeper fellowship with you. Help us to love you more than anything else in this world or this life. Lord we desire intimacy with you, please help us to make this our priority, in Jesus name we pray. Amen.

The Heart of David

Morning Dew

Key Passage: Acts 13:22

Key Text: Acts 13:22 ‘I have found David[a]the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’[b]



I am glad that I feel the Holy Spirit’s nudge to return to this blog. Truth is I began to feel quite dry and empty and in desperate need of a refilling by God. Honestly, this is not really a bad thing and can often lead to new wells being opened by the Lord to drink from and bless others. In the last couple of months, I have had the blessing of travelling to London, Dubai and yes, you guessed it, Israel. This has been a remarkable season and I am in personal revival mostly ignited on God’s holy hill of Zion. There are many great cities in the earth, but can any really compare to Jerusalem? Is there another city that God has chosen to establish His eternal throne? Is there a place so blessed, the very air is impregnated with the anointing of God. I honestly can’t see any, in all their glory that even comes close to this City of the Great King! No wonder the Psalmist wrote in Psalms 137:5-6 “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy!”

But today I want to open up a topic I may write on for many days. The key text today, states that God describes David as ‘a man after His own heart’. God never equivocates when he describes a person. He does not need to, because He has absolute knowledge. David is the only person biblical records reveal enjoyed this definition by God. No other man, before or after him was called, a man after God’s own heart by God himself. Why was David a man after God’s heart? To answer this comprehensively, we would have to wait till we get into eternity to fully plumb the depths of this.  We can actually peep into some of the reasons as we go along, but today, I just want to explore what the statement really means.

First let us consider one fundamental truth that will help us.

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;[a] for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”


1 Sam 16:7 tells us one clear thing. God looks at the heart.  So God deals with a person not based on what they look like, but on the quality of that person’s heart towards God.  Your heart is the most precious thing you own. Not your body, your skin, your hair, your brain, but your heart.

Proverbs 4:23, tells “keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life.”

God described David as ‘a man after my own heart’. David is the only person God described as this in the entire bible. This man meant a lot to God, but really what does it mean to be a man or a woman after God’s heart?


1. It could mean a man who would obey all God’s commands and do His willa man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’[b]

2. It could mean a man whom God loves. Psalm 89:33 33 Nevertheless My loving-kindness I will not utterly take from him, Nor allow My faithfulness to fail.

3. It could be a man who loves God.   Psalm  18:1 – I will love You, O Lord, my strength.

4. It could be a man who desires God more than anything.

Psalm 27:4One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of theLord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.

5. It could mean a man who seeks after God’s heart.

Psalm 63:1

63 O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.

Because Your loving-kindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.

 6. It could mean a man whose heart is completely and perfectly aligned with God’s heart.

Psalm 27:8 When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”


7. It could be a man who loves what God loves and hates what he hates.

Psalm101 I will sing of mercy and justice;
To You, O Lord, I will sing praises.

I will behave wisely in a perfect way.
Oh, when will You come to me?
I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not cling to me.
A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will not know wickedness.

Whoever secretly slanders his neighbour,
Him I will destroy;
The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart,
Him I will not endure

My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land,
That they may dwell with me;
He who walks in a perfect way,
He shall serve me.
He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house;
He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.
Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land,
That I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord.


My feeling is that is encompasses all these and much more. But David was human and had many flaws, yet God loved him so much because of the quality of his heart. He had a precious and tender heart towards God. He totally loved God and recognised the place of God in his life. Are you a man or woman after God’s heart?

Let us pray: Father God, please give us the type of heart David had. Make us into people who are after your own heart. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.