David, a Man after God’s Own Heart
(1 Samuel 16:1-13; 13:13-14)
What constitutes our heart? What are the characteristics or qualities or attributes of our heart? How can we describe the framework or the condition of our heart?
There are only two ways a person can describe his heart:
- A heart that loves God, OR
- A heart that loves the world
A heart that loves God is characterized by godliness and a heart that loves the world is characterized by worldliness.
Today we will continue David’s life, whose heart has been described as a Man after God’s Own Heart.
According to 1 Sam 16:1-13, there were three things that made David’s life stand out:
- A man of God’s choice (v 1)
- A man of God’s vision or heart (v 7)
- A man of God’s Spirit (v 13)
Today we want to concentrate on the second aspect of David’s life.
1. A Man who Refuges in God (Psalm 23)
Psalm 23 is such a great psalm from David that expresses his refuge in God where there is nothing else that fascinates his life.
In Psalm 91, the psalmist has same expression, “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” (Psalms 91:2).
2. A Man who Refreshes in God’s Word (Psalm 40:8; 19:7-11)
This means a man who delights in God’s Word, Psalms 40:8, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”
It is not just knowing God’s Word, but doing God’s Word.
- When God’s Word is in us, His precepts is in
- When God’s Word is in us, His presence is within
- When God’s Word is in us, His pattern is in
David’s relationship with the Word of God is probably best expressed in one of his wonderful psalms, Psalm 19:7-11.
3. A Man who Repents before God (Psalm 51:3, 17)
A man after God’s own heart is not a man of perfection, but he is a man of perseverance.
David, when confronted by his own sinfulness, fell before God in broken-hearted repentance and cried out unto God in Psalm 51:3, “For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me;” and Psalm 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
4. A Man who Returns to God (Psalm 116:1-2; 55:16-18)
A man after God’s own heart is a man of prayer:
- Psalms 116:1-2, “I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my
Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.”
- Psalms 55:16-18, “As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.”
Acts 13:22, “And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.”