10 Reasons David Is Called “A Man After God’s Own Heart”

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Acts 13:22 says, “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.‘”

Previously I posted on this truth of David being a man after God’s own heart. (You can read that post HERE.)

The following words describe the heart of David as seen in his own writings:

(All verses New International Version)

Humble – Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. Psalm 62:9

Reverent – I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:3

Respectful – Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. Psalm 31:9

Trusting - The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

Loving – I love you, O Lord, my strength. Psalm 18:1

Devoted – You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. Psalm 4:7

Recognition – I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. Psalm 9:1

Faithful – Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6

Obedient - Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Psalm 119:34

Repentant - For the sake of your name, O Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. Psalm 25:11

David’s example is a great road map for how we are to live our life.

Which of these areas need your greatest attention for improvement?

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9 thoughts on “10 Reasons David Is Called “A Man After God’s Own Heart”

  1. I appreciated the writer and the answers to this question, may the good God grant you more wisdom and inspiration. I want to talk on last reason why David was a man after God’s own heart, which is Repentance; I believed is one of the quality David posses, that make God called Him a man after His own heart. Considered the case in 2Samuel 12:1-13

    • God didn't need to repent, but David did. God created us for oneness…we rebelled…He chases after us with grace. When we repent, surrender, admit, believe, we can receive the grace He extends. And, our hearts are aligned for one purpose.

      • I agree that repentance is a beneficial quality for those of us who have something to repent against, such as David. God's own heart cannot be repentant because he has never had something to repent against, which means it is not a quality that could be "after his own heart."

        • Thanks. It's a quality that honors God. In my opinion. It's a command. And obedience honors God. That's my point. Yours is accepted. Thanks. 

  2. I think I'm pretty excited about becoming a man after God's own heart, until I get to the last line: Repentant. True repentance is just so painful (towards God and others). Needed, obviously, but something I wish wasn't a necessary part of the equation.