After God’s Own Heart

King David certainly was a fascinating individual. As a young man, he fearlessly protected the sheep from dangerous predators. That bravery was later seen on the battlefield as he single-handedly defeated Goliath. David was also a talented musician and a prolific song writer. In addition to this, he was a gifted leader.

However, David certainly had his shortcomings. He proved himself to be a terrible father. He committed adultery and then tried to cover up that sin with another—murder. Toward the end of his life he proved to be quite vengeful. Yet in spite of his great flaws, he is described as a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).

What made David a man after God’s own heart? Was it his talent? Could it have been because of the great exploits of his life, or the zeal with which he lived?

The answer is given in the text mentioned above. Acts 13:22 says, “…I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” That’s it! The key is obedience. If you want to be a person after God’s own heart, then do what he wants you to do. It’s just that simple. And it’s just that difficult.

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