The way God work in King David’s life combined with his manly courage made King David one of the great studies in the biblical figure. King David is also another rare kind of man in the scripture, he is indeed an interesting figure, and this is the man that is said to be a man after God’s own heart 1sam13:14 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. After God’s heart that is indeed interesting, this particular statement kept me in a wondering state, what sort of a man is this man?
The scripture make us to understand that he is the youngest of the eight son of Jesse of Bethlehem. He was known as a great warrior, a poet, and musician. He was made the king after the reign of king Saul, the death of Goliath which God brought through his hands announced his name in Israel and everyone in Israel loved him, king Saul whom was with the evil spirit from God after which God was not happy with his reign in the land of Israel, sought after David’s life, but God didn’t deliver him to his hands. Indeed God was with King David that he deliver him from the hand of his enemies, king David died at the age of seventy  after reigning for forty  years as a king in the land of Israel. King Solomon took the reign after the death of King David. That’s just a brief story about King David. The first and second Samuel in the scripture talks expressly about his story and his reign in Israel from birth to death.
I will also like us to be aware that a lot of prophecies about Jesus Christ came through this king and was made manifest. He is indeed a man of God
We will quickly be looking at things we can learn as a Christian from king David , a man after God’s heart, what is it that has made him a man after God’s own heart, what qualities has he possessed. Let’s journey together as we look into it,
Firstly, I will be talking about the fact that this man is a man that has a heart for God, he is a man that thirst for God, he always want God, hear from God and always want to be in God’s presence Ps27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. That’s what he is concern about, it takes a heart for God to be like that, nothing interest him more than seeking after God, that is his desire, so I guess I personally I have been getting answer to that which is making me to wonder why he is a man after God’s own heart, dwelling in the house of the lord is his meat, he desires that he may do nothing but just to behold his beauty. That’s means if anyone desire to be a man after God’s own heart, should be someone who has a heart for God just like we see in David, who is always longing and waiting on the lord, if there’s a generation that desire to see God manifest his power then it should be a generation that has a heart for God, if there is any man that wants to see the fullness of God and his kingdom then it should be a man that pants after God, just as the deer pants after water.
I will also be talking about the fact that David is also a man who always seeks instruction from God before carrying out action on whatever thing he wants to do. And you know that obeying God’s instruction is an elevator in this kingdom. I will like to let us know that you can’t be qualified for the prize when you keep neglecting God’s instruction because the scripture will never be broken (John10:35), look at what he also said here, Ps.119: 114 ¶ Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word he wanted to obey God and he choose to, his hope is in the word of God. He is man that is hopeless without hearing God speak. You see the moment you start neglecting instructions then destructions starts knocking at your door step. A man that is ready to take instructions is a man that is ready for elevation. Taking hid to God’s commandments is the highest order of pleasing God. David was not only the hearer of God’s word but also he made moves to obey. Cultivate the habit of pleasing the Father by waiting on him for instruction and acting what so ever he says and see if you won’t command success, see if you won’t elevated, it is not by age nor stature, David was the smallest of his father children but still was favored by God to the king. If you truly desire an elevation then be a man that seek and abide by God’s instruction.
Thirdly let’s look at how he loves the word and how he was so empowered by the word Ps119:97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. That was why this great man could write one third of the book of psalms. He was a poet, a musician and lots more because he was connected to the word he was easily inspired to release that which God has store in him. There are so much things that God has store in us but unless it is been stirred up by the power in the word, it will never manifest. And you must understand that the Holy Ghost is at the mercy of what you know, he is to stir up the word but you are to go to the word. Look at what this man said in Ps119:98-99 -Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. -I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditations. He was wiser than even is teachers even the ancients just because he loved the law and he kept it. If you must grow and command in this kingdom then you must study. You live by what you eat so as a spiritual man. We desire a spiritual growth and what can enhance that is you been committed to the word. David was a man that loves the word and he meditated on the word day and night and he commanded success so cheaply. A word addict does not struggle over circumstances he is just wiser than the situation. I urge you today to go for the word like David did you will never remain the same you will be changed. Note that word addict are success commanders. David is a true example.
But do you think we can list out all these powerful things this man did in the kingdom without talking about one great instrument this man used in carrying God’s presence everywhere he was and even using this great instrument to win both visible and invisible barriers and that instrument is the power of praise and thanksgiving. David was a diehard thanksgiving man, David understand the mystery behind praise and thanksgiving and this has been one of the most powerful key use in accessing God’s presence. Ps 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. When the situation seems to be unending why don’t you switch to praise, when it seems like you will sleep the sleep of death why don’t you just praise God. David is man that praise God always, he understands this mystery so well, I am even thinking this is one of the part why he was a man after God’s own heart, he can always praise God in all kind of dimension, if you had really wish to understand what mystery is behind praising and thanking the life of David is real example of that. Be a man of thanksgiving and praise, then God gates and court will be your dwelling place as David.
We can go on and on about this very interesting figure, but I will be dropping my pen after talking about this last point on what the life of David has made us understand concerning the power of sin, what could have made a man after God’s own heart fall into such a mess 2samuel 11:2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. It was a real painful ending. How would the power of sin now overcome such a great man 2samuel 11:15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. See the horrible thing sin has caused this great man 2sam11:27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD. He displeased God for the very first time, that’s how terrible sin is. That’s the place of being careful even when anoint is so strong on us or when we carry the presence always we should be very careful and not be ignorant of the devil’s device, because is work is just the first part of John10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: he is to destroy all the good, be careful that sin don’t easily beget us.
But bless be the name of the lord for his contrite and broken heart that’s made him found mercy again in the sight of God after confessing to Nathan 2sam 12:13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Thank God for that, but that does not gives us access to sin, David may be favored and you may not, we should be ignorant, and we should be careful enough to fall under the power of sin.
God bless you.