is where my mind goes when I think about working to become a woman after God’s Own Heart.
But before David was king, he was a lowly shepherd boy, watching over his father’s sheep.
A popular story from the bible is when David, before he was king, defeated Goliath with nothing but a few stones and a slingshot—he was fearless because he knew God was with him.
But there’s more that he’s known for.
After anointed by the prophet Samuel to proceed King Saul as king, David was enlisted in Saul’s army and soon was loved by all of his men.
It made Saul jealous and on several different accounts he tried to kill David.
David, although called and anointed by God, ran…
He ran away even though he knew God to be nothing but faithful…even though he knew who he was in Him.
After Saul’s death and David became king, another story he is known for is sleeping with Bathsheba, another man’s wife, one of the men in his army.
A grave sin, David then had Bathsheba’s husband killed.
A man who ran in fear, doubting that God would protect him—an adulterer and murderer, is known as the man after God’s own heart.
How could someone who had done such things be considered a man after God’s own heart?
Because he ran to God in his weakness.
Because, although he lacked faith, he knew where his help came from.
And for that reason, he was a man after God’s own heart.
Dart-near every day, I fail many times over. I might not have committed actual murder, but I hate in in my heart when I don’t want to reconcile with my husband. I’m not the most patience and kind with my children. I try to practice self-control, but loose it time and time again.
But because of David’s life, I have the promise that I too can be a woman after God’s own heart.
When I come to him over and over again, knowing he is where my help comes from.
The Lord is compassionate and
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our
For as high as the heavens are above
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our
transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his
so the Lord has compassion on
those who fear him.
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.