Man After God’s Own Heart

I’ve always known David to be a ‘Man After God’s own heart’ but I never really understood what it meant until the past few lessons in our Bible Study. David, Son of Jesse, the line from which Jesus descended, was a perfect example of a person truly humble, respectful, and trusting of the Father. He always inquired of the Lord and only then he would move to a new direction.

Even if he knew that he would be king after Samuel anointed him, David was humble and patient enough to wait on the Lord and His perfect timing. He was respectful of Saul even if the King was harsh towards him. The latter’s numerous attempts to kill him did not hinder David from following God. He chose to wait and not fight back despite his strength.

David remained loyal to Saul, even in his death. David, the future king, chose to honor the dead king. He may have had many bad things to say about Saul but he only magnified whatever was admirable of Saul.

This humility of David is unbelievable but it is something you and me must emulate. That even in times of heartache, pain, and suffering, may we choose to say words that will bring glory to God. May only words of wisdom be uttered as they build up God’s people.

To love and live like Jesus is to let go of selfish ambition and pride. I have learned to value others other than myself. Putting others interests above mine even when I know of my rights and capabilities will, hopefully, make a difference in many of my relationships.

“Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.” (Psalm 119:2–3)

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