Understanding, guiding and using our heart in a way that is pleasing to God is a life long process. David was called a ‘man after God’s own heart’ in Acts 13:22 by Paul when speaking in the synagogue in Pisidian Antioch. He was relating history to the assembled Jews as to how David became king. “But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’ When God chose him, 1 Samuel 13:14, He knew David was a man after his own heart. “But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”
David gives us a glimpse into his heart in Psalm 139. He knew he was an open book before God and that God knew all about him. “O Lord, you have examined my heart God knew his motives.
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. God knew his daily actions.
3 You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home. God knew where he went.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say God knew what he was going
even before I say it, Lord. to do or say.
5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head. God knew him inside and out.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
Where are you with God? He knows you too but do you readily acknowledge that fact and if so how does it change you? David said that God knowing him was too wonderful and too great to even understand. Are you awed by God’s love and knowledge of you- your wants, desires, needs, sorrows and joys? Perhaps David’s acknowledgement of God’s true knowledge of himself was his beginning. He knew he was not the guide and motivator of his life- God was. He knew God knew him, all of him, and it gave him comfort and assurance. God is indeed omniscient and David rested in that fact and encouraged himself with it. How about you? Will you trust in God’s all knowing power to give you what is best for your life? I claim Jeremiah 29:11’s truth in my life. May you also gain comfort and assurance as you cling to God’s Word. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God had good plans for David and He has good plans for you and me! Open your heart and follow Him in obedience as David did- you will be blessed.