Following the story in 1 Samuel 13:1 – 14, where the Lord rejected Saul and we were told that, “the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people,” 1 Samuel 13:14, we later learnt that, David was the “man after Gods heart,” selected to be captain over the Lords people. The story of David gives us some insights into what it takes to be “a man after the heart of God,” chief amongst this is that, all David wanted to do was please God, even when in some cases his human side took a hold of him and he strayed, he still ensured that he acknowledged this and came back to God.
Qualities of People After Gods
They use their skills for the glory of God – David showed this when in 1 Samuel 17:32 – 36, he used his bear and lion killing skills to defeat Goliath, who hitherto had terrorized the army of Israel, and indirectly stood against God.
They are not afraid or ashamed do acknowledge their wrong and ask for forgiveness – In the case of David, we are told in 2 Samuel 24:10 that, after he realized his wrongdoing when he had taken a census of the people, he was quick to go back to God to confess his fault and ask for forgiveness. See also 2 Samuel 12:1 – 13.
They are not ashamed to acknowledge and worship their God in secret or in public – The Bible recounts in 1 Samuel 6:12-21 that, when the ark of God was being brought to the City of David, “David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod,” not minding what became of the clothes on his body, or what people would say.
They seek God for direction, even when they may have the ability to make decisions or are under pressure – This was the case with David in 1 Samuel 30:1-18. Even though he had the capacity, army and ability to pursue and fight the Amalekites who had taken Ziklag and taken their families captive, he still ensured to ask God for direction. Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT notes, 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
They acknowledge the Lords chosen – In 1 Samuel 24:1 – 6, when it appeared that God had given David victory over Saul who had sought for ways to kill him, David knew for a fact that if he had done anything to Saul, he would have directly been against God. In verse 6 it is noted that, “And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the a
Tam Brisibe is the Pastor of RCCG Cornerstone Chapel Calgary