After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.
Right… So what made King David so special? He had some pretty humble beginnings you know. He was the youngest of 8 boys, grew up in a back hill town, watched sheep all day long, and he wrote poetry and played a harp. In truth the kid was kind of geeky. Actually Samuel almost didn’t anoint him to be king! If it wasn’t for God David’s brother Eliab would have been the king!
But none the less Samuel did end up anointing David to be king. Of course many of you know several stories about how David killed a giant and was a great warrior and king. But what was it that made him a man after God’s own heart? What made him a Hero?
…Did you know he was an adulter?
No seriously… David… committed adultery. And if that wasn’t bad enough He killed the lady’s husband too! (2 Samuel 11)
So here we have a geeky kid who’s done some nice stuff but he’s also an adulterous murder. Wow… so he’s a man after God’s own heart?
It’s hard to believe i know, but did you read what he wrote when the prophet Nathaniel called him out on his mess? Flip over to Psalm 51 or click [here] go ahead… read it. I promise this blog will still be here when you finish.
wow… intense right? This is what made David a man after God’s own heart… the fact that he loved God so much that when he sinned and was finally convicted about he repented. Whole heartily. re-read it… can sense the tremble in his words. Can you imagine his shakey hand pen each sorrowful word as tears come running down his face?
What does God look for in a Hero? He doesn’t look at outward appearances. He looks at their heart. See God in his foreknowledge knew that David was going to mess up. He saw how David was going to sin against Him. But all the way back at the beginning when Samuel was seeking the man who was to become the crowned king God said this…
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
~ 1 Samuel 16:7
I ask you friends. When God looks at your heart. What does he see?