There are so many admirable men and women in the Bible to look up to and take our lead from. Noah, Moses, David, Esther, Job, Mary, Peter, Paul, Timothy … they all set the stage for those that would follow after them. Their ways were righteous and their hearts were true. There is so much we can learn from each of them, but today I want to take a look at David. His story is so complex, so riveting, but what I love most is his heart. Oh, how beautiful it would be to have a heart like King David.
When I was struck with the desire to have a heart like King David, I wasn’t actually reading a story about David, ironically enough. I was reading about his son, Solomon, who started life well, but finished as a mess. If you want the abridged version, he wandered from God, married 700 women, and began to worship their idols. His heart became adulterous and his devotion to the Lord withered away. In 1 Kings 11:6, the writer says this about Solomon:
“So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.”
At first, this verse sounds wonderful. David was one of the greatest kings of all time; of course Solomon should be like him! But then I think about David’s life, and I have to question the wording here. David didn’t follow God completely. He was a murderer, an adulterer, and a liar, and that’s just the short list! He made awful decisions at times and his heart strayed from the Lord and the path he was supposed to be taking. So what is this verse all about? Let’s look at a verse a few chapters later to give us a little more insight:
“I tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, but you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes.” – 1 Kings 14:8
This verse about did me in. How could this be true?? David didn’t do only what was right in God’s eyes! Not even close! I can take you back and start pointing out specific mistakes, but I think it’s enough to just say that he was a bit of a mess. David screwed up a lot. So why are the kings constantly being told that they need to have a heart like David?
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Because David loved God, and he constantly gave God his heart. Sure, he made his mistakes, and some of them were big ones. But he always came back. Always. Every time his heart strayed away, he repented, came back, and offered God his heart. It happened again and again, and you know what? God was no less forgiving the 5,000th time than he was the 1st time.
So how could God declare that David did only what was right in His eyes? Because when we give God our hearts, all He sees are our righteous acts. He disregards our disobedience, our wandering, and our hurts. They are covered by the blood of Jesus, and they are gone from His sight. When we have a heart like King David, one that we constantly offer to God in reverent submission, all God sees is our good. He sees what we do right, He forgives what we do wrong, and He loves us in the midst of it all. What a glorious truth.