When the prophet Samuel told Saul that God was going to replace him with a new king he said that the new man would be ‘a man after God’s own heart’.
That man was David.
There may be several ways in which David was a man after God’s own heart, but one of the most important ways is revealed very early on in David’s life.
David was anointed to be king when he was about 17 years old, and not long after that the Philistines were gathered against Israel (1 Samuel 17), and their champion Goliath was challenging one of them to a one-on-one fight to settle the whole battle (v 9 and 10).
David’s three oldest brothers were with the Israelite army while this was all going on, and his father asked David to take some food to his brothers and see how they were all doing (v 18).
When David arrived at the camp he heard Goliath’s attempts at intimidation, and he saw the fear within his own army (v 24).
But David was a man after God’s own heart. He understood, in a way that they did not, that God had made a covenant with them and that He would bring them victory. There was no fear in David, only a confidence that they would prevail in this battle.
He knew that he was circumcised and Goliath was not. Goliath had size, but he had no covenant (v 36).
It was David’s confidence in his covenant with God that brought him victory.
He believed that God is a covenant making, covenant keeping God. He acted with certainty in the fact that God is faithful and that He would do what He had said He would do (Deuteronomy 28 v 7).
David was a man after God’s own heart because he knew the power, the weight, the faithfulness, and the absolute certainty of a promise from God.
David was a young man at this time, but his faith in his covenant with God showed great wisdom and maturity, and it didn’t go unnoticed…
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that You are so faithful, and that what You say You will do, You will do. Thank you that when you say something, you mean it”.
Act 13 v 22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
Thanks to Nunsy for the DIG today.