Written by Colette Fabry.
“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God…” ~David, Ps 42:1,2
David was called a man after God’s own heart in I Samuel13 and Acts 13. Pondering that statement for a long time, I wondered what exactly it was about David that gave him this honored title.
He was the youngest of seven brothers. He wasn’t the strongest or the tallest, nor did anything set him apart physically.
There was one single thing that qualified him to be king of Israel and called a “man after God’s own heart.”
David was chosen and anointed by God to be king because he was a man who chased after the very heart of God.
As a young boy, he would sit for hours in the fields looking after sheep, thinking about God. He meditated on God. He pursued God.
He passionately ran after God’s heart!
We get the privilege of reading through the seasons of David’s life. He was far from perfect, and for brief, fleshly moments, he took his eyes off of God. But throughout his whole life, he always returned to his faithful pursuit of following after the heart of God.
I believe Psalm 68 in our scheduled reading is one of the best chapters to show David’s heart toward God. It’s appropriately called the “Song of David.” The words are beautiful declarations of who God is. He wrote things like, ‘He scatters enemies, wickedness melts like wax at his presence, He rides upon the heavens by His name ‘Jah’ (the most powerful and sacred name of God), He’s the Father to the fatherless and the judge of the widows, He sets the lonely into families, and he breaks chains for those in bondage.’ On and on, David declares who God is and ends with, “Blessed be God.”
May we all have hearts like David’s! Hearts that meditate, pursue, and passionately run after the very heart of our great God. And may our song, like David’s, be a beautiful declaration of who God is!