3 Reasons Why David Was a Man After God’s Own Heart

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Many a time, we look at David’s repentance and consider that to be the reason why he was called ‘a man after God’s own heart’.

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However, the truth is, God had told Saul through Samuel that He was choosing David, ‘a man after God’s own heart’ even before David became king. 1 Samuel 13:14

That meant that God had seen something in David right from the beginning, even before he became a King.

Here are three possible characters to our “pre-king David’s” life that may have been the reasons why it was so.

1. David Was Not Bitter

David, though was rejected by his father and brothers as the least of all, did not function in bitterness. His heart was pure. Every opportunity he got to serve his brothers, he did so without any ill-feelings towards them. King Saul, on the other hand, lived and grew in insecurities and did not deal with them. “A bitter heart produces bitter fruits. Learn to let go.” [ClickToTweet]

2. David Was a Worshipper

One beautiful thing about David was that, all through his life, he had been a passionate worshipper. A private worshipper never hesitates to worship his God in public either. The reason is simple. Worship is the overflow of your revelation of who God is. [ClickToTweet]

The greater the revelation of who God is, the more it will make you bow down and worship God. [ClickToTweet] God is drawn to worshippers. In order to worship in spirit and truth, you need to have God as your highest priority.

3. David Was Hardworking and Committed

Interestingly, God looks at a man’s commitment/passion in the natural before using him in the spiritual.

Please note, it’s not a man’s skills in the natural that qualifies him for the spiritual. But neither does the Bible show a single instance where God picked a lazy guy for His work.

Moses, even though running away from Pharaoh, was so passionate about his people that he killed an Egyptian who was harming his people. Gideon, even though he was in hiding, was busy working. The disciples were washing their nets when Jesus called them out to follow Him.

And surely God had seen how David was committed to his work, saving his sheep from lions, tigers and bears at the risk of his own life.

How far are you willing to go in life? How committed are you to the little that is entrusted to you? Does passion and discipline surround your work?

My friends, we’ve got just one life. Let’s remember these three basic things from the life of David.

1. Let go of everything that holds you back from your destiny. [ClickToTweet]
2. Love God above everything else in life. [ClickToTweet]
3. Do only those things that you are willing to give your 100% for. [ClickToTweet]

What is your fav lesson from the life of David? Go ahead and share your thoughts with the GTH community below.

 

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  • Bernadine J. Wicket

    Wonderful lessons to be learnt from the life of David. Out of his heart of repentance and running quickly to the Mercy Seat, have emerged some of the most beautful psalms, absolutley showing how sold out he was for the Lord. May we also learn to give our 100% best to the Lord.

    • http://www.twitter.com/MelPhilipnery Melanie Philipnery

      Amen, sister!

  • Bernadine J. Wicket

    Wonderful lessons to be learnt from the life of David. Out of his heart of repentance and running quickly to the Mercy Seat, have emerged some of the most beautful psalms, absolutley showing how sold out he was for the Lord. May we also learn to give our 100% best to the Lord.

    • http://www.twitter.com/MelPhilipnery Melanie Philipnery

      Amen, sister!

  • Hema

    I am also the last child in my house like David and God speaks to me through the life of David whenever I am considered the least and branded as fit for nothing by everyone around in my family. God speaks to me through I Samuel 17 chapter of David’s unshakeable faith and total reliance in God and help me come out of the inferiority complex. Now God has helped me to pursue M.S. in IIT Madras after that rough patch and get placed in a job. All Glory to His mighty name. Now nobody calls me as a failure. Also I learnt another important virtue of David for his elevation from Shepherd to King in his life…. David praised God at all times in his life.

    • nimawilson

      Wow that’s good to know sister! May God bless you more with His favor and grace.

  • Hema

    I am also the last child in my house like David and God speaks to me through the life of David whenever I am considered the least and branded as fit for nothing by everyone around in my family. God speaks to me through I Samuel 17 chapter of David’s unshakeable faith and total reliance in God and help me come out of the inferiority complex. Now God has helped me to pursue M.S. in IIT Madras after that rough patch and get placed in a job. All Glory to His mighty name. Now nobody calls me as a failure. Also I learnt another important virtue of David for his elevation from Shepherd to King in his life…. David praised God at all times in his life.

    • nimawilson

      Wow that’s good to know sister! May God bless you more with His favor and grace.

  • Preethi

    Among all the bible characters, my personal fav is David. I have meditated on his life a lot and God has spoken to me through some verses in David’s life. One big lesson I picked up from his life was when David cried after Saul’s and Jonathan’s death. Instead of rejoicing for his enemy’s death, David cried for Saul – The first point you’ve explained, bro – - Do not have a bitter heart, is what I’m working on in my spiritual life.

    Thanks for sharing, bro. Great post again :)

    • http://www.twitter.com/MelPhilipnery Melanie Philipnery

      Thanks for the share sister. It definitely takes godly character to weep for our enemies when they’re in hardships and rejoice in their success!

  • Preethi

    Among all the bible characters, my personal fav is David. I have meditated on his life a lot and God has spoken to me through some verses in David’s life. One big lesson I picked up from his life was when David cried after Saul’s and Jonathan’s death. Instead of rejoicing for his enemy’s death, David cried for Saul – The first point you’ve explained, bro – - Do not have a bitter heart, is what I’m working on in my spiritual life.

    Thanks for sharing, bro. Great post again :)

    • http://www.twitter.com/MelPhilipnery Melanie Philipnery

      Thanks for the share sister. It definitely takes godly character to weep for our enemies when they’re in hardships and rejoice in their success!

  • divya

    Amen…. really got hope after reading this blog….

    God spoke to me through this blog.. Thank You Jesus. ..

    thank you brother

    • http://www.twitter.com/MelPhilipnery Melanie Philipnery

      Thank you for letting us know! God bless.

  • divya

    Amen…. really got hope after reading this blog….

    God spoke to me through this blog.. Thank You Jesus. ..

    thank you brother

    • http://www.twitter.com/MelPhilipnery Melanie Philipnery

      Thank you for letting us know! God bless.

  • bernard

    I am Blessed =)

  • bernard

    I am Blessed =)

  • Korkor

    Somehow in all that I am going through my goal is to be a woman after God’s own heart. And I wanted to know what David did. I thank God for such an example. Lets use the bible as our guide in all we do. God loves us all like crazy. Praise be to His holy name.

  • Korkor

    Somehow in all that I am going through my goal is to be a woman after God’s own heart. And I wanted to know what David did. I thank God for such an example. Lets use the bible as our guide in all we do. God loves us all like crazy. Praise be to His holy name.

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