1 Samuel 13:13-14 (English Standard Version)
And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the Lord your God, with which he commanded you. For then the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”
Through the prophet Samuel, God called Saul’s successor—David—”a man after his own heart.” How could it be that David—a man of grievous sin and shattered relationships—found such honor in God’s eyes?
David unshakably loved God and ever pursued him. He credited God with every blessing he received and every victory his army enjoyed. Everywhere he looked, he recognized God’s designing mind and sustaining presence. In his suffering, whether from fear or from a guilty conscience, David looked to God for rescue and comfort.
David got himself into trouble when his pride and power as king deafened him to God’s voice. Nevertheless, he never hardened his heart toward God.
As his psalms reflect, throughout his life David loved and trusted God even in the darkest times, when enemies threatened or when he felt the devastation of his own sin. David earnestly pursued God and desired his favor and forgiveness more than he valued the admiration of his peers or the glories of being Israel’s king.
FATHER, thank you for your Word, which has preserved the thoughts and acts of David for us to read and ponder. I pray that, like David, I might have a heart that ever pursues you, seeking your face and your favor above all else. Help me to recognize and confess my sin before it becomes a barrier that keeps me from sheltering in your love and forgiveness.
Psalms 32 & 66
Name three concrete ways you can pursue the heart of God this week.