“After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.‘”
“Place Uriah in the front line of the fiercest battle and withdraw from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
But if headlines existed, the Jerusalem Bugle might have blared the headline Government Leader Sends Soldier to His Death from the masthead, in, say, 1000 BC. An obscure king in the Old Testament ordered a good man to go to the front lines. He planned for the enemy to kill Uriah. The king wanted to cover his sin with the soldier’s wife. Let’s see. What was his name? You may have heard of him. Oh yes. David. A man after God’s own heart.
What led God to call David a man after God’s own heart? Evidently not perfection.
A man after God’s own heart doesn’t mean a man (person) has the heart of God, but a man (who seeks) after God’s Heart. We run after it. We long for it. The LORD wants prayer, Bible reading, and waiting. James 1:5 says He will give wisdom for the asking.
Writers define the qualities necessary to have the heart of God, or lists on being a good person. But God’s heart for David called for a warrior and king. If I follow God’s heart for David, I will fail. I have no talent for leading the troops. God gave David a heart to follow His will, as in the second line of Acts 13:22. He will do everything I want him to do.
David never repeated sin of the caliber of his tryst with Bathsheba. And he took his punishment with obedience. His wisdom guides us in the Psalms. We base our lives on those words.
God took David’s baby away after a day that David spent on his face in prayer. He accepted the LORD’s punishment when he realized that the baby died. That’s it. Back to work. He obeyed the heart of God with no regard for his own pain.
When we sin, the door to God doesn’t close. Repentance leads us back.
David practiced obedience, prayer, and listening to the voice of God. He sought His will in everything.
Oh, look. There goes Nancy — Harry — George — Mary — Pat — Kevin — Karen — and you: a person after God’s own heart: past sins forgotten.
Dear Lord, Please let me follow the example of David, seeking Your heart in all I think or do.
Painting: David & Nathan, Robert Leinweber, 1845-1921