It has been properly noted that, for all his faults, David was a man after God’s own heart. Yet, David’s life was often a disaster. He committed adultery and murder. His sons murdered one another. One son raped one daughter. His son Absalom led a rebellion against him. He had a baby that died. All these things point out the fact that David was often in a world of hurt. Yet, the Bible plainly says he was a man after God’s own heart. I often wondered about that until this morning, when I came across some gems about David in 1 Chronicles 28 and 29. What are those things and how will they help me in my life, that I might be someone after God’s own heart? Consider….
1 Chronicles 28:2 “….As for me, I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and for the footstool of our God…..” David had a heart for the things of God. So often, we are so caught up in our day to day lives, we don’t even consider the things of God. Yet, David not only considered what he could do for God, he dwelt on it. He planned for it. He looked forward to it. The things of God were on his heart. How often, during the average day, do we allow the things of God to overflow in our hearts?
1 Chronicles 28:9 “And thou, Solomon my son, Know thou the God of thy father…..” David cared enough about the things of God to make sure that Solomon understood the things of God. He passed his faith to the next generation. Do we care enough about the things of God to pass them along to others, especially our own family…..on a daily basis?
1 Chronicles 28:19 “All this, said David, the Lord made me understand in writing by His hand upon me….” David was so interested in the things of God, that God was willing to give it to him in writing. Would we be that patient, that attentive to the Lord, that we would take time to write it down?
1 Chronicles 29:2 “Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God….” SO how much thought to we give to church this coming Sunday on, say, Tuesday. Or Thursday. Maybe, if we have to teach a Sunday School class we put in a little time on Saturday. Do we really prepare for the house of God with all of our might? If we want to be a person after God’s own heart, we should.
1 Chronicles 29:3 “Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God….” Do we love our church? Have we set our affection on it? How much? For David, enough to want it, enough to help build it, enough to go to it. For David, he loved the house of God so much he gave a lot of money to support it. “”….of gold and of silver, which I have given to the house of my God….” So how often do we make excuses instead of setting our affection on the house of God? We make an excuse for not keeping it clean. We make an excuse because we missed a service. We make an excuse because we spent the tithe that belongs to God. It is hard to be a person after God’s own heart if our lives are filled with excuses for not caring about the house of God.
1 Chronicles 29:5 “….who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord? “ David was excited about the privilege of serving God. So what about you? Do you think you can not serve? Do you think you are not good enough to serve? Do you think that serving God is a chore or a privilege? What place does serving God have in your heart?
1 Chronicles 29:10 “Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation…..” David bragged on God. Wo the question is….how often do you brag on God? What God has done; what He has saved you from; what He has given unto you? It’s David’s heart blessing God’s heart. DO you do that?
What a testimony! David had a heart for the things of God. David had a heart to pass on the truths of God. David had a heart to listen and a desire to hear from God. David invested his time preparing for the house of God. David set his affection on caring for the house of God – in terms of both work and finances. David understood the privilege of serving God. David was excited to brag on God.
The Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart. When you look at these things, maybe we can begin to understand that statement. What about your own life? Where do these things fit into your life? If they did, maybe we would be some after God’s own heart.