When we study the life of David, we learn that he was one of several men that the word of God testifies about his character and the life that he lived before God. The first man that the Bible mention is God’s own Son Jesus Christ, which the Father declared that “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). The second man that God testified about was a man named Enoch, who walked with God and did not see death. The word of God tells us that before his translation “Enoch please God” (Hebrews 11:5). A third man was Abraham who believed God by faith and was willing to leave his father’s house, his country and kindred for a land that the Lord was going to show him. As Abraham trusted God promises and allow Him to transform his life, the word of God in James 2:23 declared that God referred to Abraham as a “friend of God”. A fourth man that the word of God testified about was Moses and how he was a man that was very meek. In Numbers 12:3 the word of says that “his meekness above all men which were upon the earth in his time”. A final man that the Lord testified about was a young shepherd boy named David, who He declared was “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14).
What does it mean to be a man after God’s Heart? What was it about David life that God testified about him in His word? How do people see you as a man and what is the testimony that the Lord speaks about you? You may say you don’t care what people think about you but the truth of the matter is that we really do care what people think us. As men, we are concern about the image that we live before our family, before our friends and before people on the job. There are so many conflicting images of what a man is that men are confused and they are not sure what their place is in our society. Now I believe there were three things which made David a man that was after God’s heart and what helped him to understand who he was as a man. I believe that these same qualities can help us understand who we are and become men after God’s heart. The first thing I believe what made David a man after God’s heart was that he had the heart of a giver. The second thing I believe what made David a man after God’s heart was that he had the heart of a warrior. The final thing I believe what made David a man after God’s heart was that he had a heart that was thirsty for God.
Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, “I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will” (Acts 13:21-22).
The heart of a giver
The first thing I believe what made David a man after God’s heart was that he had the heart of a giver. One of the ways that we learn that David had the heart of a giver was because though the Lord would not allow him to build His house, David was still willing to give of us his resources to make God’s house was built. In 1 Chronicles 17:4 the word of God says that He sent Nathan the prophet to tell David “Thus says the Lord, You shall not build me a house to dwell in”. The reason why the Lord would not permit David to build a house for the presence of the Lord dwelt among his people was because David was also known as a man of war. During David lifetime in battle, he had spilled man’s blood in ways which we did not please or honor God. As a result of the directive from the Lord, this still did not discourage David from having a passion to want to see God’s house so that His presence dwelt among His people. In 1 Chronicles 29:3 the word of God says “I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own special treasure of gold and silver”. As a man after God’s heart, David did everything possible as king and as a father so that his son would be blessed by God and fulfill his purpose from the Lord (2 Chronicles 5:1-14).
There are desires in our hearts where we want to do things for the Lord but some of us have come to the understanding it is not his will for us to be physically involved in bringing the work to pass. However, what the Lord does place in our hearts is the desire to give and to use the resources He has placed at our disposal. We may not be the one who physically picks up the nail and the hammer but through our heart and our giving His kingdom can be established in the earth. The word of God says in Proverbs 16:1 that “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord”. To have a heart of giver does not mean that we give so that people would know how generous we are or how big of offering we put in the offering plate. To have the heart of a giver does not mean that we give so that we get something back from men or to receive some type of special acknowledgment before the church. However, we give to the Lord in secret so that He will reward us openly (Matthew 6:3-4). As a man after God’s heart, we give because we are a conduit of his love, his blessings, and favor to God’s people. We realize that all that we have in our possession to help build up the lives of people so that they can be rooted and grounded in faith and God’s love (Ephesians 3:17).
He had the heart of a warrior
The second thing I believe what made David a man after God’s heart was that he had the heart of a warrior. Before we are introduced to David in battle on the pages of scripture, we learn of his resume as a warrior when he recommended to King Saul to address a serious need that he had. In 1 Samuel 16:18 we learn that David was a man that “Then one of the servants answered and said, “Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the Lord is with him”. We further learn about David having the heart of a warrior when he was sharing his testimony to King Saul before going out to battle to take on Goliath. As a mighty man of valor, David demonstrated before the Lord that he was willing to put his life at risk to go after the one sheep that had been taken by the lion and the bear. As a man of war David, he went delivered his sheep when had been taken and delivered it from the mouth and the paw of the lion and the bear. When the time came for him to face Goliath, the heart of this warrior shown the king all of Israel and the world that there is still a God in Israel (1 Samuel 17:34-46).
To be a man after God’s heart means that we as men have the heart of a warrior. We have the heart the warrior because we know that we fight our battles on our knees. We have the heart of a warrior because we know how to fight the good fight of faith in the midst of going through a fiery trial. We have the heart of the warrior because the Lord has taught our hands to war and we have the name of Jesus to do warfare against the kingdom of darkness. We have the heart of a warrior because we realize that our praise is our weapon which gives us the ability to still the enemy and to stop the avenger (Psalms 8:2). We have the heart of a warrior because we know that our battleground is not a physical location in a foreign land. However, as warriors for God, our battleground is our minds and the weapons of our warfare bring down every imagination and thought that tries to exalt itself against the knowledge of God’s word (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). Finally, we have the heart of the warrior because we know how to stand in the gap for the people will pray for through the power of prayer and intercession. In Colossians 4:12 says that “we are to wrestle in prayer so that those that pray for, will stand firm in the will of God, mature and fully assured that God has their back”.
He had a heart that was thirsty for God
The final thing I believe what made David a man after God’s heart was that he had a heart that was thirsty for God. All throughout the Psalms, David was not ashamed to express how he felt and the things and people impacted him in a negative way. There were times that he shared when his soul was disquieted, he shared when he was afraid, and the times he almost fainted. In Psalms 27:13 the word God says “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”. He also shared why he felt so blessed, what brought him joy and the one he praised because His greatness was unsearchable. In Psalms 145:3 the word of God says “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable”. He also understood that no matter where his life journey took him, the presence of God would be with him. In the midst of the sorrows of death and hell, David’s heart called on the name of the Lord and he was saved. Throughout these many different experiences that David had they all help to shape him into having a heart that was thirsty for God.
Now according to merrianwebster.com, the word thirst means “a sensation of dryness in the throat and mouth”. It can also mean a person bodily condition is in a state of dehydration. The only thing that can address this issue in a person life is water. If the person tries to drink some of the type of liquid like soda, wine or beer, what the person has drunk still will not satisfy their thirst. The only thing can quench their desperate yearning is them drinking some cool and refreshing water. Just as water has the ability to bring rejuvenate the body so does the presence of Almighty to the panting soul of a man. In Psalms 42:1-2 the word of God says “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God”? A man who has a heart that thirst for God, he understands that nothing else in this life with satisfying him. A man can try to fill the yearning with all the power he can grasp for himself but that power will never fill that void in his heart. A man can make all the money he can by working long hours but that money will never heal the brokenness in his soul. A man can try and have sex with two to three women at the same time but that drive of lust will never cause his dead spirit to come alive. It is only when a man heart becomes born again and he allows the Lord to transform him into becoming a man thirsty for the living God.