1 Sam 13:14
It is interesting that the bible had so much to say about David before he was born, during his lifetime and even much more after he died. He is the only person God described as “A man after God’s own heart”. The question is why? It wasn’t David’s obedience, pursuit of power, leadership style or military success that drew such comment from God but his tender heart of love and sincerity toward God.
Firstly, David wasn’t perfect! Yes he was a man after God’s own heart, but he was still a man with problems, struggles, weaknesses and doubts. What set David apart as a man after God’s heart was his unrelenting passion to search out and understand the emotions of God. He didn’t run from away from God in times of affliction and pain, but to Him. Somehow, he understood the spirit of sonship: that the father’s love outweighs the shortcomings of the beloved. This made him love God more and follow even harder. David pursued God in the midst of his weaknesses.
In Psalm 63:1-8, David put it this way ‘You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. 3 Because your love is better than life my lips will glorify you… I cling to you…
God meant more to David than life itself! He wanted to know what wonders, pleasures, and fearsome things filled God’s heart. He spent his time pursing God through worship and prayer, as recorded throughout the Book of Psalms. So often we place God under a label of being judgmental but He is full of love for us and desires us to return that love. God is not angry, sad or disappointed when He thinks of you. Very few understand the emotions of God which is only accessible by spending quality time in his presence. David knew and understood God so much, that nothing on earth compared!
Imagine what it would be like to be singled out and given an awesome, almost unfathomable compliment…just like David. God is raising up believers and giving them hearts as He did for that shepherd boy. Experiencing God is not an option! It’s time to develop a heart that is anchored and sustained by an outrageous love that comes only from Him. My prayer is that our hearts will experience a glorious awakening.