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Why King David is Called A Man After God's Heart?

Updated on June 12, 2009
 

Why King David is Called A Man After God's Heart

" The Lord forbid that I should do such thing to my master, the Lord's anointed, or lift my hands against him, for he is the anointed of the Lord. "

I Samuel 24:5

An intense jealousy for David had filled Saul's heart since David's victory over Goliath. From then on, he sought means to kill David. Saul had been obsessed with power. He did not want to give up his seat as king. Aware that David was the Lord's choice to be the next king of Israel , Saul sought means that David be killed . King Saul considered David as the major threat to his throne. He wanted to cling on to power.

Darkness conquered Saul's heart , it is filled with obsession for power , jealousy, hatred, selfcenteredness, selfish ambitions, and all sorts of evil desires. He tirelessly sought means for David's destruction, But Saul always failed in his attempts of killing David, for the Lord is with David, the man after God's heart.

David became aware of Saul's desire to kill him. There were many times when Saul's life was given into David's hands but David never touched him because in David's eyes he was the Lord's anointed. David indeed has a very beautiful heart , indeed he has very great reverence for God. He cannot touch the Lord's anointed. Saul had done David so much evil , but David continued to honor him. He did not seek revenge or did not take advantage of the circumstances. He honored Saul because he honored God. Above all.

That's why I believe he is called " A man after God's heart

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 4 years ago from Manila

      Thank you Levertis Steele for appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. David is not a perfect servant of God but he has many failures and weaknesses just like anyone of us. When you examine David's life it is truly God's grace that is magnified and that brings glory to God. David's life is a perfect display of God's abounding mercy and grace to a sinner. THough David commited many grievous sins nevertheless he has a beautiful heart for he knows how to love his enemy. which I believe one of the greatest display of christlikeness. Blessings to you and to your family always.

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      Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

      I share your belief about this meaning, christina327. Although David was not perfect, he accepted accountability and responsibility when God chastised him. For example, he did a terrible thing when he set Uriah up to be killed after he impregnated his wife. He married her, but when the prophet, Nathan, confronted him in a convincing manner, David was extremely sorrowful. He fully realized the depth of his sin. He was ashamed and miserably remorseful. He went to God with a contrite heart and humble spirit as he sought His forgiveness for his errors. He did not look for an easy way out. He was prepared to accept God's will. Because of David’s bleeding heart and submissiveness, God forgave him and loved him still. Aside from his sins, as we all have, he was mostly obedient and wanted very much to please God.

      You quoted Samuel 24:5: " The Lord forbid that I should do such thing to my master, the Lord's anointed, or lift my hands against him, for he is the anointed of the Lord. "

      Not many kings would have missed the opportunity to easily slay a man who was trying to kill them.

      So true: “David indeed has a very beautiful heart.”

      I enjoyed your hub. Thanks for sharing!

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      David sandy green 6 years ago

      hi Christina, when ever i pray i ask lord to give spirit like King David,because i too have his name.so i want to glorify lord like him

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      Peace Ogbonna 6 years ago

      Beloved Cristina, I thank God for the grace He has given you to write on 'Why David is called a Man after God's heart' I think takes God's greater Grace for one contiunal saving his enemy like King Saul, moreso his courage, patient and praises to despite persecutions. there are 101 reasons I believe God has seen in him. Stay blessed.

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      joy agbara 6 years ago

      it is always good respect life, because you cannot offer what you do not have.

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      johnnynaakea 7 years ago

      I enjoyed your hub. I just wrote about his heart too. God bless.

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      bychi 7 years ago

      some good points but david when in power took another mans wife and killed her husband among other things

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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      Cristina, this is so unique because I have two hubs on David, A Man after God's Own Heart. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed.

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      nehemiah 8 years ago

      David was righteous; he was very fair in what he did.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      It really amazes me how David protected Saul till the end even when he didn't deserve it. David has such ethics.

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      Eddie Perkins 9 years ago

      Cristina,

      Very good.  Oh that we all would make it our goal in life to be one after God's heart. 

      Thank you. ~ eddie

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      Junjie 9 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for taking time to put your thoughts in words.

      I am not sure pinning everything down to ONE point is a good idea. If we say that David was a man after God's heart because he honored God, then we are leaving out so many other aspects of David's life. He walked in forgiveness, just like God. He desired justice, just like our God. He longed for the presence of God in worship, he honored the sacrifices, he...

      Then again, if you want to explore ALL these things, you're going to be exploring all the way until the Lord comes back. And that's actually quite a good thing!

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 9 years ago from Manila

      Thank you verymuch dayzeebee. Remain blesed always. Best regards.

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      dayzeebee 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      your dedication to spread the word of God is admirable. i pray your relationship with Him become stronger everyday. Godbless

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 9 years ago from Manila

      No I have not yet read "WILD AT HEART"

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      mikeq107 9 years ago

      Christer have you ever read "WILD AT HEART "

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 9 years ago from Manila

      Thanks Sirdent for a gracious comment. Yes I believe all of us must strive to be a man or woman after God's own heart.

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      SirDent 9 years ago

      Very well put and Spirit led observations. David learned about God as a child and always reverenced Him. The question for me to ask now is; Am I a man after God's own heart?

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 9 years ago from Manila

      Thanks Soyelude for appreciating this hub. Thanks also for the additional insight. Remain blessed always.

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      soyelude 9 years ago from Lagos - Nigeria

      Also Cristina...David knew how to reach God through Praise and Worship.God was always pleased with Davids devotion and whollistic reverence. This is also a great hub...welldone.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 9 years ago from Manila

      Thanks mikeq107 for appreciating this hub. Thank you also for the additonal insight. Remain blessd always.

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      mikeq107 9 years ago

      Hi cristina

      keep it up.....love is the most powerful weapon God has given us and with out it we just full of hot air...oh just watched a movie called " FLYWHEEL" I recomend that you watch it..acting is not the best...but message is powerful and also a recent realease but not nessarily christian is Nick Noltes "Peaceful Warrior" highly recommend it ...based on a true story .....later in Jesus Mike Oregon USA

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 9 years ago from Manila

      Thanks alderperson7 for taking time to read this hub. Thank you also for the additional insight.May you be blessed always.

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      alderperson7 9 years ago

      This was a very good insight and it really should touch peoples heart and make them think when people are treating us bad, we just need to be the loving Christians that God intended us to be and go on and love them no matter what. I think the way Christ handled his enemys is a perfect example for all Christians to follow. I was very touched by what you said.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 9 years ago from Manila

      Thanks Wehzo for appreciating this hub. Thank you also for the additional insight.

      Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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      Wehzo 9 years ago

      Very good hub Cristina327. I agree with you, God conquered David's heart with love and favor, and David was obliged to extend that love and favor in spite of the circumstances.