A Man after God’s Own Heart

God states an amazing truth about David, the King.

Even though David had sinned, God said to Solomon about David his father, “As for you, if you walk before me in integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, …  (1 Kings 9:4).  David was a man after God’s own heart.

All the Heroes of Christian faith in the Bible, including David, were believers and sinners.  Let’s explore how God could say about David, “He is a man after my own heart.”

Grace of Forgiveness

The only way that God can say of David or anyone, “there walks a man or woman after my own heart,” is because of the forgiveness of sins earned by Jesus.  Without the grace of forgiveness God could only see the human realities of the heart (a few nice things, and many sins and the curse that arises because of those sins).  Only because of the grace of forgiveness earned and given by Jesus do those many sins and the consequences of those sins disappear.  Only in the grace of forgiveness can David or we be men and women whose hearts are after God’s own heart.

Faith Acts

Coupled with Jesus sacrifice on the cross and the promise of God that all who believe receive the benefit of that grace of forgiveness (the foundation) arises the actions of faith (the result).

Although a sinner, David believed the LORD about the coming Messiah and trusted that his ongoing sins were forgiven.

David was a man after God’s own heart,

was guided by the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures, and

gave faith control in his life.

David applied his faith and controlled his sinful nature so that the slavery of sin would not control his life.  He never applied or controlled perfectly, but he lived his faith daily.

Be men and women whose hearts are “after the Lord’s.”

Have hearts connected to Jesus by faith for he is our Savior and through him our sins have been forgiven.  Continually have the spiritual honesty and humility to repent of ongoing sins and continually lay those at the feet of Jesus who died for those too.

Apply your faith and reflect a heart that is connected with the Lord.  While this will never go perfectly (our sinful nature is a demanding slave master), apply your faith and your Christian will to act more and more in the light of God’s Word.

Coming to faith is the work of the Holy Spirit.  Encouraging our Christian faith is the work of the Holy Spirit through the Word.  Applying our Christian will and “keeping in step with” the guidance of the Spirit is something that we Christians are to do.  Also be men and women whose hearts “are after” God’s own heart.  P.S.  Satan hates that!

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