David was a man after God’s own heart. (Acts 13:22) and that seems pretty obvious. After all, he was a good king and a mighty warrior. He fought battle after battle as cities and giants fell before him. Always ready to do right. But David had a conflict I think few can fathom. His conflict was with his King. King Saul brought David into his service and esteemed him – at first. Saul then grew jealous and before you know it Saul is trying to kill him. This is the stuff great epics are made of. David the next King, David his son’s best friend, David his daughter’s husband was now on Saul’s hit list.
The movie maker’s job is to get you to buy into the story. But I think Hollywood would have a tough time believably pulling off – David’s response. This still dumbfounds me at times. Saul literally threw spears at David, but David still served him well. He still called him lord and King. David barely escaped the clutches of Saul sending him out to the wilderness hiding in caves. Saul attempted this NOT once, not twice, but over and over again.
22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son
of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’
David had more than one opportunity to take Saul’s life and if anyone had justification it was him &emdash; but he didn’t. What baffles me even more is that he didn’t WANT to. Any inward struggle he may have had with the emotion of it all, I don’t know. But we do know he had the chance to kill Saul and he chose not to take it. How does a warrior, above all warriors, have this kind of intestinal fortitude and restraint to not extract his own vengeance? I can only say this: though David saved Israel from its foes time after time, somehow he knew it was God that would be his own salvation. I suppose when you are the best of the best, you come to realize there’s really no one else to look to once you’ve exhausted yourself. Where else could he turn? I think David knew that even David could not save David.
What does it really mean to be a person after God’s heart?
This is what it means to be a person after God’s own heart. And it runs counter to both our culture and our nature. That is not to say there is never a time to pick up a sword or fight a battle. David did that as well. It is only to say that David definitely knew, in the words of Kenny Rogers, “when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em”. There is a time to pick up the sword and a time to lay it down. How important it is to not let our feelings or emotions make those decisions for us.
Quite honestly, I DON’T WANNA BE LIKE DAVID! My flesh screams at me.
Quite honestly, I DON’T WANNA BE LIKE DAVID! My flesh screams at me. I know this is not the type of blog you might expect from a wife, mother, and grandmother of 40-something. I never watched The Notebook. I don’t read romance novels. I’ve never even had a pedi. I know crazy, right? But it’s just not me. Nevertheless, I love the story of David. And I think for the same reasons. It’s a little crazy and I know that’s just not me. I’m no warrior, and I rarely just let things go. In fact, I feel a little embarrassed that I actually quoted a Kenny Rogers song and feel highly compelled to say so.
So what makes David’s heart like God’s in this whole conflict with Saul? David did what David was born to do, but he didn’t forget who the real hero is. God is a lot of things. But most of all, he wants to be the hero in our story. Not because he’s egotistical or a megalomaniac. He wants to be our hero because he is so absolutely capable of doing it. And he does it to perfection.
Today, think back to a time when God was your hero. Maybe you are looking at spears headed directly toward you right now. Think of a time when God orchestrated things totally outside your capability and in the end, for your benefit. If it’s been a while, or if you can’t recall, maybe it’s time to take a step back from some of your battles. Maybe you’ve been fighting too long and too hard. It may just be your time to lay down your dagger – for a while – and let Him be your hero.
It’s a tough lesson to learn. Or maybe tough to RE learn.