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)
One of the highest compliments ever paid to David (or anyone for that matter) flowed from the very mouth of God: “I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my own heart, who will do all my will” (Acts 13:22). While there were times in the life of this great king when he was self-serving, his life was generally a life spent seeking after the heart of God. Jehovah sought after a man whose heart was attuned to heaven. While David was a man after God’s own heart, Jehovah was a God after man’s own heart. When Samuel went to the house of Jesse per God’s instructions, knowing that God had chosen one of Jesse’s sons to take Saul’s place upon the throne of Israel, Samuel assumed that the new king must certainly be one of the bigger, stronger, more mature sons of Jesse. After pronouncing that Eliab (the eldest son of Jesse) must be the one that God had chosen, Jehovah responded: “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD see not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” (1 Sam.16:7). Oh, how we need to be reminded that God does not see as other men see, but looks upon our hearts! It is because of the compassionate, gracious, long-suffering, loving heart of Jehovah that He sought our hearts in the giving of His Son to die for our sins (John 3:16). We must in turn seek Him with all of our heart (Matt.22:37). Our loving God came to earth in the form of the Son to seek after the hearts of men. Has he captured your heart? Are you seeking the heart of the Father as did David? Be a man/woman after God’s own heart, knowing that he is a God who is seeking after your heart!
“Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing your heart to us. Thank you for pouring out your heart to us by giving your Son. Thank you for seeking our hearts through him. Help us to seek your heart by living a life that imitates the Savior. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”