Acts 13:22 – And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
Would to God that every believer would match the description of David in our Text for Today. It is certainly worth our striving towards with all our being. Imagine the joy of heart to hear the Lord say to you, “You are a person after My Own heart.” That is certainly my heart’s desire. But what kind of a man matches this description?
David was anointed as a prophet, warrior, psalmist, worshipper, and king. But then, so are you. We may all prophesy. We are all called to fight the good fight of faith wearing the whole armor of God. We are all to sing “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” as true worshippers. We are anointed to worship Him “in spirit and in truth.” Jesus has made us all kings to rule over our own kingdom over which He is King of kings.
In his humanity, David sinned, and we have all done the same. But as a man after God’s Own heart, David was a repentant man. We, too, must be repentant people. When we sin, we must be quick to confess our sin, for Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, restoring us to right standing before the Father. Thought our flaws and sins, like those of David, may be great and many, we must be, like David, assured of the love, grace, and forgiveness of our Lord, and mindful of His covenant strength when we are painfully aware of our human frailties. Long before the new birth was known, David understood the principle of a clean heart and a renewed spirit. Here his heart-cry in Psalm 51 for a spiritual rebirth. Here is the heart of a man who held as precious his understanding relationship with Jehovah. All this was King David. Let us, as children of God, be a David people; a giant-killing, nation uniting, church-leading, warrior-general serving as ambassadors of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have the ability. The question is, “Do we have the will?”
Manna for Today – Acts 13:13-52; Matthew 6:33; Proverbs 4:20-22; Proverbs 6:20-22; Psalm 51; John 14:12-14; 1 John 1:9