‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ This perhaps is what makes David likable to me among all the kings of Israel. That is in addition to his heroic qualities. But what does it mean to have a heart like that of God?
Well, God is holy, so was David by nature and practice holy? Not at all. You know his story with Bathsheba, you know of the blood in his hands, it ain’t holiness for sure. Could it be his humility, his kindness like deciding to spare a king who was after his life? His devotion to God’s service. All these may seem like pointers to a heart like that of God. But I bet there is nothing by word that uplifts David beyond common men other than his desire to do God’s will. Yes, it is this clause ” he will do everything I want him to do” that qualifies him.
David was guided by a heart devoted to honoring God and fulfilling His will; thus he says in psalms 63:3; Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I bet there wasn’t a man passionate of the Lord’s fellowship like David, you just read the psalms. Yet he was a mere man but with a heart like that of God, a heart devoted, passionate and eager to fulfilling God’s will.
Yes we can say that was his life statement, the goal, vision and objective of David’s life even as it should be for us all; loving God with all we are and pursuing His perfect will. And so we pray that His kingdom come, His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven and our hearts be conformed to the likeness of the heart of God. Amen.