I’ve always had a hard time with the story of David. I mean, he got a married woman pregnant and then had her husband killed in order to cover it up – yet he is referred to as a man after God’s own heart. How does that even happen?
Lately I have found myself drawn more and more to his story – okay, maybe even a bit obsessed with it.
First it makes little sense and I am always trying to figure things out (there must be a logical reason for everything!) But secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it is because more than anything, I want God to see me as He saw David, “I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart, who will do all My will and carry out My program fully” (Acts 13:22).
A man after my own heart
who will do all My will
and carry out My program fully.
So now I find myself studying what the Word has to say about the life of David. As I do, I realize that it has to do with his inner life. With whom David was deep down on the inside. David prayed this in Psalm 51:6, “Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart.”
David wanted the wisdom of God, ingrained deep down into the core of his being, because he knew that only then would he be able to live a righteous life. He was fully aware of what he was capable of without God.
That’s why I need Christ. Why I need His forgiveness. Why I need Him to be with me every second of my life. I know what I am capable of without God. It isn’t pretty.
And so I find myself chasing after God. Because more than anything else, I want to hear these same words said of me…
“I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart, who will do all My will and carry out My program fully”
“Seek peace and pursue it” Psalm 34:14b