Kid brother. Warrior. King. Hunted. Liar. Mighty. Adulterer. Leader. Murderer. Imperfect Parent. Shepherd. Musician.
We have more information about David’s life than most of the people in the Bible. There are stories from his youth until his death. He was a complicated man. Like many men, he had great qualities and terrible pitfalls. But the Old and New Testament describe him as a man after God’s own heart.
Samuel told Saul, “but now your reign will not endure. The LORD has found a man loyal to Him, and the LORD has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not done what the LORD commanded.” (1 Samuel 13:14)
When Paul was giving the history of God’s faithfulness, he told the church at Antioch, “After removing him [Saul], He raised up David as their king and testified about him: ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man loyal to Me, who will carry out all My will.” (Acts 13:22)
From these passages, and from David’s history, we see several traits of a man who would be considered one after God’s own heart.
He is not a perfect man
Although Acts describes a man who will carry out God’s will, David was not perfectly obedient to God. He could not be, because he was born into a sinful broken world with a sinful broken heart.
He is a man that aims to please God
In Psalm 119:11, David says, “I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You.” He was well acquainted with God’s words and studied them so he would not grieve the Holy Spirit.
He is a man that is intimate with God
David spoke about God’s character without hesitation. Psalms shows the openness and vulnerability that came for David’s trust in God.
He is a man that is not ashamed of his relationship with God
Aside from the Psalms, David was not shy about declaring God his Lord or giving him praise (2 Samuel 6:14)
He is a man that is willing to turn from error
David’s darkest hour was his lust-filled pursuit of Bathsheba. His behavior was quite honestly atrocious. But when Nathan brought his sins into the light, David willingly repented.
He is a man that is humble
Well known for his bravery and strength, David never became cocky. He waited until his time to become king. He never came against Saul, though many would say he would have been well within his rights. He recognized his leaders. He maintained accountability. He gave all glory to God.
Today, we live in a time where it can be hard for men to find their place as servant-leaders. American culture provides very limited roles for Christian men. Further, there often are few outlets for men to deal with emotional roadblocks.
4HisGlory Consulting wants to fill that gap and give men a forum to build their emotional and spiritual wellness. Men after God’s own heart are needed in the marketplace, churches, schools and homes.
Our men’s coaching group will run from 1/20/16 – 3/9/16. We’ll meet Wednesday nights from 8pm – 930pm, EST. This is a virtual group and participants will call in or join the call online. The group is $350 per participant and we are only taking 8 guys!
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