Did you know that after Samuel anointed David king in the place of King Saul, he became an outlaw, fleeing for his life and hiding in mountains and caves? He said there was “a step between me …
Did you know that after Samuel anointed David king in the place of King Saul, he became an outlaw, fleeing for his life and hiding in mountains and caves? He said there was “a step between me and death.”
So what was so different about Saul and David. They were both great leaders, both made mistakes and both had been chosen by God. Saul was the first king of Israel, anointed by the prophet Samuel. David, also, was anointed by the prophet.
David was chosen by God to be king because, as Samuel told Saul in 1 Samuel 13:14 (KJV), “But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.”
And again in the New Testament, Luke writes, “And when he had removed him (Saul), 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” (Acts 13:22 KJV).
“A man after his own heart” applids to David, not Saul.
Was David perfect as God?
No, but “after His own heart” doesn’t mean perfection – it means seeking after the will of God and being obedient to the Lord.
In 1 Samuel, Saul was told he had not kept that which the Lord commanded him. Remember how he disobeyed God and then tried to justify his actions when he was found out.
In Psalm 89, David was called “my servant” because he sought God before making decisions on his own. Saul made and carried out his own plans.
And in Acts, David was recognized as a man “which shall fulfill all my will.”
That was the difference in King Saul and David. Saul had his own plans, but David sought the Lord (a man after God’s own heart). We learn from the Word that whom God chooses and uses, He will exalt. Whom He commissions, He strengthens.
When David was in trouble, He called out to God to have mercy on him (Psalm 31:9). When he disobeyed, he repented. When he had questions, he went to the Lord, when he had a decision to make, he went to God, and he never failed to always give God the Glory and praise him.
Like David, we need to practice trust and obedience if we desire to be a person “after God’s own heart.”
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