And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ (Acts 13:22 ESV)
I find David to be a fascinating character. I mean, here’s a guy who was an adulterer, liar and a murderer . . . and yet he is described as being a man after God’s heart?
I find it encouraging that David was not written off as unusable due to his sins but rather was embraced! He was remorseful and repentant for his many transgressions and ever so aware of his need for a savior. Our pastor often describes David as a man who was living under the old covenant but was so desperate for the grace that was to come through the promised messiah it was as if his hand was groping over the wall trying to reach the new, personal relationship covenant that was to come.
What does it mean to be after God’s heart? Well, for starters, many of us run to God to be after His hand – what He can give us or do for us. But David was after His Heart – a relationship. That’s the key. We were created for relationship, not religion, and not just handouts!
Father, we thank You that You didn’t choose the perfect or religious to be our examples, but that You loved those who stumbled and who were desperate for You. Help us today to remember that You are offering a real, breathing relationship. We also ask You to teach us to be grasping for Your heart, not just Your hand. Amen
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