The Bible talks about David, the Shepherd boy who was compared to be a “Man after God’s Own Heart (1 Samuel 13:14)”. Being a person after God’s heart requires you to be in unison with God in His Thoughts, Heart and Mind. When two minds think alike and in common, there is a Bond between them. (Amos 3:3)
What was so special in David that made him to think like God, act like God and touch the Heart of God??? Here are 5 unique traits of David that made him to be a “man after God’s Own Heart”.
David was a humble man. In various instances, as we read the Book of 1 Samuel, we repeatedly find his humility. He was humble before King Saul. He was humble before God and His Prophets. Even when he was an Anointed King, He did not allow Pride to stay resident in him. He quickly repented when he was convicted of his sin. He didn’t stay in pride but matured over humility.
David was a worshipper of God. He wrote nearly 75 (73 to be precise) out of 150 Psalms in the Bible, almost 50% of the Psalms. He worshiped God in every stage and part of his life. In sorrow, in happiness, in grief or loss, he leaned over worship. He was referred to as the sweetest Psalmist of Israel (2 Samuel 23:1). His lifestyle was of continuous Praise and Worship. It is a known fact that God is enthroned on the Worship of His People, God loves Worship, Adoration and Praise to Him.
David was a man of Faith. Bible mentions that “Faith pleases God (Hebrews 1:6)”. Jesus during his lifetime and ministry was impressed by the Faith of those who trusted in Him – the blind, the lame, the sick, the palsy, the demonized and so on. The moment anyone expressed Faith, Jesus commended them and praised them openly. David lived a lifestyle of Faith in God, keeping God first in all things, esteeming Him above all, moving to fight and resist the enemy only by absolute Faith and Trust in Him. He even did not keep his affection to wealth but trusted God above wealth and prosperity.
4. Prayer & Fasting
David was a man of Prayer, he often Fasted too. We see him bursting out in Prayer in many of his Psalms. He fasted on many occasions expressing his humility before God. Prayer is the key to heaven’s door. Prayer is the medium of conversation to God. David led an active prayer life.
5. Courage and Strength
David was a man of Courage and Strength. God is not impressed by weak and timid people. God is always looking for People like David, Daniel, Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego who would defy the natural laws, the human nature and will take up a stand for the Divine Law of God, show their complete Trust in Him in the face of adversaries. David was such sort of a man. He faced the Goliath and the Syrians, the Philistines, the Moabites, the Ammonites and the other nations with grit, courage and strength in God.
Let the above traits of David bless you to be a people after God’s own heart. Blessings and Love.