How to be a Person After God’s Own Heart
What does it mean to be a person after God’s own heart? A person after God’s own heart is one that seeks to glorify God and to fulfil God’s will for his life. If you desire to be a man or a women after God’s own heart, then you can follow David’s example. God said, “‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ (Acts 13:22). David is referred to in the bible more than any other person except Jesus. There was no man like David.
David did falter and sin and they were pretty ugly sins. If you are a person that likes to learn from the mistakes of others rather than make them yourself, then you can observe David’s life and gain insight and wisdom and refrain from evil ways. Amongst all of David’s sins, his sin of pride was the greatest in the eyes of God. David took the census of the people of Israel for his own glory. He took pride in his accomplishments instead of giving God the glory. As a result of this, the Lord God sent a plague in Israel and 70,000 people died. David’s sin of pride was a sin of the spirit, his sins of adultery and murder were sins of the flesh. David’s sin of the flesh resulted in the death of five people; his child out of wedlock, Uriah and later on his three sons who sinned in similar manner as their father. Sin always has a tendency to amplify with every passing generation. The greater the sin, the greater the consequence of it.
David was not a perfect man. He was sinful and had committed some of the notorious crimes. In spite of this, God calls him a man after his own heart and many people wonder why God would speak so honourably about him. David was sinful, but he was blameless before God. David repented of his sins and God forgave him. Although all of David’s sins were forgiven, he suffered the consequences of his sins with mournful heartache and sobbed with bitter tears. Sometimes people think that sin is pleasurable, but the truth is, it is ugly, it is destructive. It is like eating garbage and assuming it tastes good. No, it is disgusting. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him (Psalms 34:8).
Many people don’t think much about someone that has fallen into the trap of sin. People remember the sins more that they remember the good deeds. But God’s doesn’t think like we do. Once you have repented, God remembers your sins no more, and only calls to mind your good deeds. David took refuge in God, and God forgave David his sins. God considered David as righteous and blameless. When you repent of your sins, God erases your every wrong doing. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Once God has forgiven us, he remembers our sins no more. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us (Psalms 103:12). Since God has forgiven David, he does not take into account the wrongdoing of David and only remembers that David loved the Lord and fulfilled His will and purpose and glorified God in everything.
God remembers how David fought with Goliath and won victory for Israel. How David spared the life of King Saul and refused to touch the Lord’s anointed. David trusted in the Lord under great pressure and waited upon the Lord and was obedient. He was receptive of Godly counsel and was quick to repent and walked in righteousness. David became king of Israel and ruled for 40 years. He was an ancestor to our Lord Jesus Christ. David worshipped God and danced before the Lord with all his might. God saw David as a man of courage, integrity, wisdom, humility, nobility and great devotion. David had a heart that was always concerned with pleasing God. He loved the Lord and was single-mindedly committed to do His will and fulfil God’s purpose for his life and therefore God calls him a man after His own heart.
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are right now, what people think of you, what disadvantages you have, what sins you have committed. God has a purpose for your life and you have a destiny to fulfil. Don’t let your status, your profile, your past, your crimes, your sins stop you from fulfilling God’s will for your life. God doesn’t give up on you and so you shouldn’t give up on yourself. You were created for a purpose and so find out, what your God given purpose is and just do it. You may have some detours on the way, but it didn’t stop David from accomplishing his destiny. So, let it not stop you from accomplishing yours. May be you started your journey wrongly, but it doesn’t mean it has to end up that way.
God is not a respecter of people. God forgave David and was favourable to him. His mercy and favour is with you as well. For you can do everything through Christ, who gives you strength (Philippians 4:13). To be a man or a woman after God’s own heart, imitate David by following God with all your heart. Seek God with all your heart, meditate on His word, learn and walk in His ways. We grow in our faith when we share it with others. Be passionate to preach the gospel and be a witness to others. Trust God with all your heart, in all your circumstances, lean on Him to guide you, to rescue you and to deliver you. Pursue to fulfil God’s will and honour God by obeying His word. Like David, learn to be humble and wait on God’s timing and God’s might. Have a great servant attitude like David had. He did his best wherever God had placed him, whether it was in the wilderness tending sheep, whether it was to kill a giant, whether it was to play music to ease Saul, whether it was to be in a cave or to be a king. Be humble, be obedient, be trustful, be diligent, be merciful, be a man or a woman after God’s own heart.
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