Lately God has been moving my heart to His heart. Not sure exactly how it started except I know what it feels like to be heart broken. I also knows what it feels like to have God put it back together, over and over.
Many blog posts I have referenced David. David as a young man the sheep herder and David as a King. Up until now I have mostly thought of him as a complex character with a variety of faults that measured His integrity and abilities.
How could a man go from being just a humble boy to an adulterous murderer yet hold on to the calling of God? Well, David did. But it wasn’t without much pain and anguish over his own sin and the misery he caused many.
The answer has nothing to do with him but the mercy and grace of God. It was all God that gave David his fighting ability to the musical talent within his soul to becoming a great king. In the end I think David knew this but the journey was long and hard.
But what stands out to me more than all of that together was the phrase that God described him. David was a man after God’s own heart.
God looked at David from the soulish heart of affection. Even as he committed some horrible crimes God forgave him as he laid on the floor for a year in repentance. In fact his kingdom servants and advisors worried he was never going to get up.
How many of us have done that?
I have to wonder what conversations went on between David and God. What all did he learn on that floor?
My opinion is his heart evolved into a heart for God that became his crowning achievement.
The great warrior became a hero.
The hero became a King.
The king became God’s humble servant.
And God’s humble servant became a man after God’s own heart.
I am more convinced than ever before, David left us the example of what God wants more than anything.
He is after our hearts. He wants our hearts to mesh with his. He wants us to seek Him personally, affectionately and continually so that we walk, talk and love as Jesus did.
God is more interested in the state of our hearts than what we can do for him. Why?
Because out of that heart connection the mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45)
And what we speak can change the world.