After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after My own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ Acts 13:22 NIV
Like so many of us, we have always had a hard time grasping how David could be referred to as a man after God’s own heart.
If we are honest, we don’t understand how the mirror being held up shows God’s reflection when we look at David.
Because David is just like us.
God spoke to me yesterday when I was reminded of the above verse, and told me my emphasis had been on the wrong word in that verse.
God didn’t publicly back David because he was good, but because David
kept running hard after God.
When confronted with his sinfulness surrounding the taking of another man’s wife and the resulting cover-up, David confessed, laid before the Lord in fasting and submitted to His will.
David got back on track making the pursuit of God his priority. Not what he wanted, but what He wanted.
Like David, many times we get distracted by the blessings and perks, and rest instead of pushing through for further breakthrough and getting even closer to God.
We can all take grace for granted, can’t we?
I was reminded that sin has a high price required to be paid that no one in history has been able to pay it apart from Jesus.
God had to give His all to regain all of us from sin’s grasp.
Despite the fact David had a colorful history with women, he is most known for depending on God when pursued by Saul, for singing worship songs and psalms as a shepherd lad, and his love for the God he chased after amidst the ups and downs as king.
Grace remembers us at our best, and for God to speak out for all of us to read how much David was a man after His own heart, gives us hope that this will be in the transcript of our stories still being written. That we too will hear,
“Well done, faithful servant.”
Mercy offers us grace even though we don’t deserve it, and grace doesn’t remember anything apart from love and honor.
I had a week beyond one I could share with all its roller-coaster worthy highs and lows while I was taking a break from writing last week.
God shattered me with His mercy, and wrecked me with His grace.
I couldn’t be more different on the inside than I was last week if I had submitted to the best makeover this world has to offer, and shocked the world with a beautiful new exterior.
As my pastor says, “Everything stayed the same, yet everything changed.”
And in the ferocious yet gentle love storm which overpowered me, He reminds me that He sees us all as we are now in the spiritual realm, even though we may not yet be able to sense or see it yet.
The same grace and mercy He extended to David is ours for the taking.
Taking the offered nail scarred hand with ours and handing on for the rest of our lives.
Like David, we too can be after God’s own heart. His invitation is open to all who are tired of the deep holes we find ourselves in of our own making.
I will never stop sharing about His love, the hope we all have when we accept that invite.
For I am after God’s heart, first and foremost.