After removing Saul, he made David their king. He 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.'
I’ve always wondered, why did God use David? I mean, David was a small, lowly shepherd boy. He wasn’t anything special. He was the youngest of many siblings, kind of a loner. He was content to sit on the hill side, playing his harp, watching over his father’s sheep. I’m sure as he sat there day dreaming, he never would have guessed he would one day be a king and a “man after God’s own heart”.
And what does it mean to be “a man after God’s own heart”? Does it mean he was perfect? No, we know David wasn’t perfect, as a matter of fact; he made several mistakes, and not just little ones. He committed murder and adultery just to name a couple. So what made this man so appealing to God, so usable? so moldable?
It was David’s heart. God knew David’s heart- when he looked at David He didn’t say “Now there’s a perfect example of my flawless creation”. I’ll bet he said “Now there’s a man that every day, even through his trials and tribulations, still chooses to follow Me”.
Do you think that’s possible for us? Do you believe that no matter how many mistakes you make, God will still look at you with forgiving eyes, wrap His arms around you and tell you it’s ok? I’d like to believe that. The Bible tells us that He does do that if our heart is right… heart… Heart… HEART- there’s that word again.. It’s all about our heart.
You see, God isn’t sitting above with a notebook and ink pen writing down all our wrongs just to make sure on judgment day He doesn’t forget to punish us for a sin. But rather he’s watching and sitting with a chalkboard and eraser. And every time we repent, we ask for forgiveness- he wipes that sin right off the slate like it never even happened at all. All because He can see our HEARTS- He knows our HEARTS.
I believe God used David because of all people, David lived for God’s Grace and Mercy. He had experienced it first hand. He knew what it was like to be delivered from sin by God’s love every single solitary day. And he never forgot that. We need to never forget that too.