Using the life of King David as a Narrative.
Why was king David a man after Gods own heart? He was such a terrible sinner. He was a killer, a murderer, and an adulterer yet God loved him so much he said David was a man after his own heart. Was God playing favoritism? What was so special about David? What attracted David to God? Did David get away with all the atrocities he caused? How can you be a man after God’s own heart like David?
1) David put his trust in God. His early encounters with God was in the wilderness while he was tending sheep. David said, often times wild animals would come after his sheep but he would get up and tear them apart (1 Samuel 17:34-36) because the Lord helped him. He was able to develop his trust in God quickly in the wilderness. Who helped David when there was nobody around to help him? when he was alone among animals, when his life seemed like it lacked direction, when he was condemned to a life of loneliness away from his three other brothers who had really good careers in King Saul’s Army? God helped David.
And David learned to put his trust in God in everything. David demonstrated his trust in God when he killed Goliath. He said to Goliath, “you have come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a shield but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel who you defied”(1 Samuel 17:45-47).
Do you trust in God? Make a commitment to trust God from today onward. Write it down as a goal, pray about it and be conscious living it.
2) David had the fear of God. He understood authority and he recognised the anointing of God on his servant king Saul. He knew that the anointing of God over a person’s life should not be wasted nor untimely terminated. That is why despite king Sauls chase to kill David, he refused to kill Saul even when he had the chance to do so.
David could have killed Saul in the cave near the wilderness of Engedi, he could have avenged himself of Saul but instead, he spared king Saul’s life and he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord” (1 Samuel 24:6).
Do you have the fear of God or do you just do your own thing? The Bible says that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. To get wisdom, fear God.
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3) David had an open relationship with God, nothing hidden. Whenever he strayed away from God, he quickly declared his sins and genuinely repented. This he demonstrated in one of his written Psalms, Psalm 51. He prayed for forgiveness in a conversational manner with God. Many believe that David wrote this psalm as a prayer for forgiveness of sin he committed with Bathsheba and God forgave him.
Cultivate an open relationship with your heavenly father today. It is never too late. Make up your mind to go to God with an open heart and to talk to him in all honesty.
4) David loved to pray. He consulted with God on almost everything except for when he strayed. He often said, bring me the Ephod – inquiring of God’s will (1 Samuel 30:7), should I go up against this nation or that nation – asking for direction(2 Samuel 5:19). Jesus also loved to pray(Lk 5:16, Mt 26:36-44, Lk 23:34, Mt 27:46, Lk 23:46).
How is your love for prayer? You should cultivate the habit of prayer if you want to become a man after God’s own heart.
5) David was obedient to God. In his sermon at Antioch, Saint Paul recounted God’s word on why David was a man after God’s heart. God said, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will”(Acts 13:22). Also, David often prayed to God to give him a heart of obedience that he may obey God. “Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart” (Psalm 119:34).
What is the level of your obedience to God?
6) David had a heart of gratitude. This he expressed through praises to God. David sang and danced shamelessly for God so much so that his wife, Queen Michal mocked him(2 Samuel 6:20). 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. 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 honour(2 Samuel 6:21-22). Do you have a heart of gratitude.
Are you grateful to God for all that he has done for you no matter how little it seems? Can you show some gratitude from today onwards and see what God will do for you.
David’s character is a great example of how to please God and a road map for how you should live your life as a child of God. SO what’s the verdict for you?
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