A Man After God’s Own Heart
In Acts 13:22 God testifies concerning David that he is a man after His own heart. But why David?
- Stood up for God– In 1. Sam. 17, when no one else would, when the light at the end of the tunnel seemed to be fading, when all was dim and gloomy David was the one who stood up for God and manifested courage in the face of doubt and fear. Here is this little shepherd boy arriving on this battle scene with no fear, no doubt, no hesitation. With boldness and much confidence David says to Goliath, who do you think you are you uncircumcised Philistine? You think you can defy
the living God and get away with it? When everyone else was afraid, when Saul doubted, when David’s brothers doubted David took the reins and he took the steps to stand up for the Almighty God.
- Walked with God– David’s boldness, his courage, his trust, his great faith wasn’t something that he acquired overnight. It was something that he worked on day in and day out. He put much effort into his relationship with God and it showed. He wasn’t ashamed of God. His delight was in the Law of the Lord and he made that guide his paths. He could stand up for God because he walked with Him! David actively sought God’s will for his life. Repeatedly, we read these words, ‘David inquired of the LORD” (1 Sam. 23:4; 1 Sam. 30:8; 2 Sam. 2:1; 2 Sam. 5:19,23; 1 Chron. 14:10, NASB). With humility of heart, he brought every decision before the Lord in prayer, waiting for God’s leading and direction before acting. That’s what walking with God means. It means that in everything God is consulted, God is sought for, He is trusted. (Psalm 23, 62, 63)
- Acknowledged sin against God and repented– He sinned against God. He chose to do evil in the sight of God and he failed. David was far from perfect. When everything seemed so bright he took a wrong turn and it had some pretty dark consequences. (2 Sam. 11, 12) When confronted about his sin, David didn’t run, and he didn’t make excuses. He acknowledged his sin before God and he was sorrowful he committed that great evil in God’s sight. Like David we fail. We commit sin against God. We aren’t perfect. What God desires is for us to humble ourselves and acknowledge that we have sinned. (2 Chron. 7:14) We must repent and return to Him for without Him we are lost and confused.