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“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.‘”
(Acts 13:22)
Can you fathom the sheer joy of someday hearing God reference you as a man or woman after His own heart?Just the thought of it lets loose a plethora of butterflies to flutter inside my stomach. Perhaps one reason for my joy is that, according to our passage of focus for today, God actually made this very statement about David, king of Israel (cf. 1 Samuel 13:14).
But another thing causing these butterflies to flutter rests in the simple fact that David – this guy regarded so highly by his Creator – was not immune to the fallen nature of mankind that has dogged us all since Adam and Eve ate that expensive piece of fruit in the Garden of Eden (see Genesis 3).
Over the next three days of our 30-Day Conversation, we’re going to examine elements of David’s life – the good and the bad – in an attempt to decipher what it was about this shepherd-turned-warrior-turned-king that would cause God to describe Him as a man after [His] own heart.
An obvious starting point for learning to know anyone is to observe the person’s character by his words, her actions/reactions in everyday life. In David’s case, for instance, many of his own writings in the Psalms give us a glimpse into this heart that God considered so close to His own. Listed below in their NIV renderings, they also beckon us as modern-day believers to examine our own characters and in what ways they affect our relationships with God.
  
David showed humility toward God: Surely the lowborn 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).
David showed reverence for God: I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies (Psalm 18:3).
David showed respect for God: 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).
David trusted God: 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).
David sincerely loved God for who God was to him: I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold (Psalm 18:1-2).
David showed devotion toward God: You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound (Psalm 4:7).
David recognized the sheer greatness of God: I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders (Psalm 9:1).
David demonstrated sound faith in the promises of God: 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).
David sincerely desired to be obedient to God: Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart (Psalm 119:34).
David made sincere and deliberate repentance to God: For the sake of your name, O Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great (Psalm 25:11).
Conclude Day 12 by reflecting on the above verses of Scripture penned by David, then answer the following questions and document your PRAYER conversation for today in light of your answers
Do you sense that any of the areas printed in boldface above need your attention for
improvement in your own life? If so, list these areas here.
How might you use the passages listed above as a means of cultivating a heart that
hungers for God?
Please see Day 1 of the series for suggested content regarding the PRAYER conversation associated with this series.
           
Praise and Thanksgiving:
Repentance:
Adoration:
Yielding:
Expectation:
Restoration:

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