After God’s Own Heart

Published October 7, 2013 by Dawn

“I have found David … a man after My own heart. (Acts 13:22)”

I love this verse. Though I am not a man, I would love for the Lord to be able to say this about me. That I am a [wo]man after His own heart. This verse speaks so much to me of the position we should have in Christ.

There are two ways to translate this verse into daily life. The first is to say that David was a “man after God’s own heart” because he had similar passions and desires as the Lord. When we say about others, “she is a woman after my own heart,” we are implying that the person we are talking about has a lot of things in common with us, as far as interests and such go. Therefore, to be people “after God’s own heart,” we have to be interested in what He’s interested in: ministering to the needs of people as the Spirit reveals them. Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, encouraging the destitute, and providing for others in whatever way we have been equipped to do so. Our actions toward others have to be governed by selflessness, and we must seek to follow the Spirit of God in all things. This is the first translation of this verse.

The second is this: that David was “a man after God’s own heart” because he was in passionate pursuit of God’s heart. Personally, while I like both of these, this one is my favorite. The preservationists of history in David’s time did not neglect to document the many sins of David. He was a man, after all, and very … human. He screwed up a lot, just like we all do. But do you know what set David apart? It was his constant, passionate pursuit of the Lord.

I know that David sought the Lord from a young age and worshipped the Lord often because of the scriptures surrounding David’s triumph over Goliath. Someone with a weak faith and a vague inclination of who God is could not have stood up to Goliath. David was certain of the Lord. He must have spent a lot of time in God’s presence. I suspect while he was out tending sheep, he was seeking the Lord. He had a very firm faith in the Lord at a very young age. And as his life unfolds throughout 1 and 2 Samuel, we see the intimate way David approached the Lord and sought the Lord. He was literally after, as in “in pursuit” of, God’s heart. He was chasing God, if you will.

Let it be said of us that we are in pursuit of God’s heart, and that our lives mirror the heart of the Father.

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