Friday, February 8, 2008

A man after God’s own heart

What does it mean that David, a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam. 13:14), was also a liar, adulterer, and murderer (2 Sam. 11-12)? By today’s standards, David wouldn’t even qualify to serve as a church elder, but the Lord made him king of all Israel whose royal line would last forever. How could that be?

The very place to find the answer may be in David’s failures. For all his weaknesses, David’s strength lay in knowing where his real power came from. No matter how impetuous or unwise he may have behaved, David never worshiped another god or wavered from his faith in Jehovah. As much as behaving ourselves does matter to God, nothing matters more than this one.

(c) Copyright 2008, A. Milton Stanley


NaNcY said...

uplifting post.

Milton Stanley said...

I'm glad you think so.

NaNcY said...

um...just a little tiny tiny encouragement shove to write another post.


Milton Stanley said...

Thank you for saying so, Nancy. Just last night I was thinking about starting this up again. My plan is to get a few posts ready so that when I start posting again, it won't fizzle out again. I'm hoping to post something once a week. Peace.

Spherical said...

I find huge comfort in David's description as a "man after God's own heart." It helps me understand that I too, in spite of my failings and struggles, can also be a man after God's own heart.

One thought just occured to me as I read the words "after God's own heart." Perhaps rather than meaning David's heart was somehow like God's or had a special endorsement from God beyond the ordinary (my prior interpretation of this phrase) it speaks more of the pursuit of David to continually be more Godly even as he tried and failed at times. Perhaps to be "after God's own heart" is to continually chase that elusive but extremely desireable goal of perfection. And that is something that is extraordinary and I believe God does endorse.

Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Spherical. I had not thought of your interpretation, but I certainly like it and will be looking into it further. Glad you left a comment; you're always welcome here. Peace.