Acts 13:22Acts 13:22 A Man After My Heart
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By Marni Montanez - 18 Nov 2011

22. "And after He had removed him [Saul], He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.'

This says it all. David was a man after God's own heart, because he did all His [God's] will.  Right?

Let's see, did he?   Did David really do all the will of God?  He had an affair with a married woman; he had the woman's husband killed because the woman, Bathsheba, became pregnant.  His children were a mess. One was a rapist; one was a murderer and then his daughter pretty much lost her "societal" life. 

So this man, after God's own heart had to cover up a lot of "mistakes". He lived in a world of deception and fear for about a year. How could this be a man after God's own heart?

This is how:

In all his mistakes; in the times he was upset with God and voiced his anger; In his lack and weaknesses.  He was truly a mess, but...............

He truly, and deeply loved God with all his heart and desired His ways.  His "heart" was seeking after God. His heart repented; His heart believed God.

Repeatedly it says that David inquired of the Lord and asked God to show him His ways and teach him His paths.   He acknowledged that only God knew the way and God was the only way

God who "looks at a man's heart" saw the honesty and real desire David had for Him. David was simply responding to the grace God offered him.  And as he experienced God's grace time after time, he learned to love God more.  With a heart that sought after this wonderful God of grace.

His desire for God was so deep and so profound that God called him " a man after God's own heart"  This was not a person acknowledging this, this was God Himself saying this about His servant David.  God knew every sin David committed and knew every sin he would commit and yet He calls him a man after God's own heart.

God wasn't looking at David's mistakes. David was not a Pharisee whose obedience was ruled by rules and regulations.  David followed the laws and rules of God for one reason only; because he loved God.  There bond was purely relational.

David just wanted to know His God intimately and God saw his heart and was pleased.

With the Holy Spirit living in each one of us, we all have the potential to be a man or woman after Godís own heart.  Itís not about what we do; itís about who we seek and what our heart is after.  I encourage you to lay down your agendas and your rules and regulations about living holy and allow God to work it in you as you just seek Him.  Just simply seek HimÖ.

Marni

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