I have found that David, the son of Jesse, is a man after My own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.
In the past, I worked hard to be liked and loved and seemed unsuccessful in this endeavor. I realized that I needed to find a way out of this mindset. If I were to go astray with any family member or associate, they would not find it worth their time to try to win me back. But isn’t that what draws me to the Lord in the first place? He never changes, and His attributes are such that He goes after just one lost sheep.
I have tried to win God’s favor by doing good, but it just doesn’t work that way. There is no way I am the least bit loveable in my present human state, but by putting on Jesus’ blood-cleansed white garments, I can come before Him and be loved. And there is no need to strive or worry that I will ever lose that love. Read 1 Peter 1:1-5 to understand that the power of God keeps those that put their faith in Him through faith unto salvation.
His grace is sufficient in so many ways.
His mercies are everlasting.
So here’s the hard part – how then should I live? I want to be good. I want God to feel about me the way He did about David. “A man after God’s own heart.” What exactly does that mean?
(Acts 13:22). The answer to why David was considered a man after God’s own heart is found in this verse: David had the heart to do God’s will. David was a warrior, chosen because Saul refused his military assignment. David made many mistakes and sinned greatly, so how could God show him so much favor? Here is a crucial part of God’s heart that I desire to learn more about and assimilate into my path in life.
Most failures originate from self-effort, and once one falls under the conviction of this and repents of it, the fruit of compassion rises for those with similar experiences. Moses, David, and Paul are examples of this redemption process. They developed a relationship with God, who redeemed their past failures and turned them into great victories.
Add my name to this list, for my failures are great. It’s painful to realize that failures can cause downfall and pain to others. But by confessing and turning away from the sins that produce failure, God promises to redeem and empower to extend His kingdom – one that promises such a great harvest that the sowing and growing cycles merge, as it says in Amos.
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that sows seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
David was a man after God’s heart because he displayed his faith and was committed to following the Lord. His faith was tested, and he failed often. But after his sin, he humbled himself and sought to receive the Lord’s forgiveness. Overall, David loved God’s Law and sought to follow it.
I pray that my listeners and readers will seek the Lord now while He may be found.
Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
And then verse 6
Seek ye the Lord while He may be found; call ye upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.