I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will – Acts 13:22
God seems to indicate that when he looks at the heart of David, he is reminded of his own heart.
What does this mean? What does it mean to have a heart after God’s own heart? Is it possible for you to have this kind of heart, or is this concept something only a king like David could understand?
Notice again what God says about David. He says that He has found a man “which shall fulfill all my will.” It doesn’t take a king to understand this message: you demonstrate that your heart is after God’s heart when you do God’s will.
What does it mean to do God’s will? Well, the Bible is full of instruction about how you can do God’s will. God gives you very clear commandments about how to live your life. God tells you what is pleasing to him. When you spend time in God’s Book you will learn how to do God’s will.
This is what David did. Yet, before God describes the actions of David, He refers to David’s heart. No doubt there is a reason for this. Consider what David writes in Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
When you see the need for God’s work in your heart, don’t try to hide this from Him! Don’t try to fix it yourself! Take this need to him. He will lead you in the straight and narrow way, the “way everlasting.”
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