I’ve been reading about the life of King David. What is it about this guy that he was called “A man after God’s own heart”? Was he especially righteous? Reading his life story paints a different picture. David made some very costly mistakes. He was guilty of adultery and conspiracy to murder. In fact, after the infamous ‘Bathsheba incident’ it seems David’s life was just one tragedy after another. This marks almost his entire reign as king.
So what’s the go? I think what God really loved about David was his humility. Sure, he did some terrible things, but every time, unlike many others in the Bible, he came back to God and admitted his wrongdoing. He repented and threw himself at God’s mercy. His regret over his actions was genuine and real. He was honest with God.
At one point, after disobeying God, David was offered a choice of three judgements. David chose a direct punishment from God – saying he would rather full into the wrath of a loving merciful God then the wrath of man. (2 Samuel 24) This bloke was wise.
I think it all comes down to something God said to Samuel way back when a young David was chosen as the next King of Israel. “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Sam 16:7). Looking at David’s life is a big encouragement to me. Let’s all adopt the honest humble attitude of David, and follow after God’s own heart.