Key Passage: Acts 13:22
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 will. a 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 27:44 One 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.
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.
2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
3 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 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.
2 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.
3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not cling to me.
4 A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will not know wickedness.
5 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
6 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.
7 He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house;
He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.
8 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.