Kind David is described in Scripture as a "man after God's own heart" because he purposed to be faithful to God and he confessed his sin to God when he failed his Lord.
Now, we are going to see another characteristic of a person "after God's own heart"--humility. In II Samuel 7:18-22
, we see how Kind David, unlike Saul, continually lived with a reverence and respect to the Lord, and such a fear of God led King David to possess a proper perspective of himself before an Almighty God."Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? And this
was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou hast spoken also of thy
servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man,
O Lord GOD? And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD,
knowest thy servant. For thy word's sake, and according to thine own
heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know
them. Wherefore thou are great, O LORD God: for there is none like
thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard
with our ears."
This text gives us a clear picture of David's genuinely humble heart. To humble ourselves is tho have the right perspective of an Almighty God, who is Holy, Righteous, Merciful, Gracious, Just, Creator of heaven and earth, etc. What is your perspective of God? Does it motivate you to truly worship and serve Him?James 4:6, 10 "But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up."I Peter 5:6 "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God; that he may exalt you in due time."
When you humble yourselve before God, you are also showing a submission to God's timing and will for your life. We can see this in the life of King David in I Samuel 24:1-13
. King David, possessed the opportunity to exalt himself above Saul, yet he continued to view life from God's perspective and, therefore, submitted himself to God's timing. He refused to murder the king whom God had appointed to rule His people. Are you willing to submit to God's will for your life?
The opposite side of this coin is PRIDE, which leads to destruction. Proverbs 19:3 "The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord."Proverbs 27:1-2 "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips."
On which side of the coin are you in?