King David is one of the most fascinating people in the Bible. Described as a man after Gods own heart, the shepherd turned king presents multiple interests, talents and a wealth of skill and wisdom. Every woman I know is praying for her Boaz: a rich business man, who ignores her past and is willing to redeem it to secure a future with her. I get it, but David’s my guy; a man with such favor with God that even in a rebuke the Creator of the universe would say, “And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.” (2 Samuel 12:8 NIV)
David played the harp…and killed tens of thousands in battle. David wrote songs and poetry, exposing his vulnerable heart…and he’s also the author of some of the most ballsy quotes in the bible:
Inquiring about Goliath:
“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 1 Samuel 17:26 NIV
And to Goliath:
“This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.” 1 Samuel 17:46
This cry-baby as presented in the Book of Psalm is the same one who killed and brought back the foreskin of 200 men (1 Samuel 18:27). The request was for only 100. And unlike a lot of men I know, David knew how to apologize and did it quickly. Read about him in action: Psalm 32, 38, 51 and 2 Samuel 12 and 24…just to name a few.
Can you see why I love David? And I’m still not done.
Not only was he wise, King David understood people and was a man of strategy. In the Book of Proverbs, King Solomon who is considered the wisest man in the Bible, often credited his father, King David, for instructing him wisely. On his death bed, David foretells what will happen after he’s gone and instructs Solomon on how to handle it (1 King 2). And of course, situations unfolded just as David predicted.
I. LOVE. DAVID.
And the Father loved him, too. In His love for David, God promised that someone from David’s bloodline will always be on the throne, that his kingdom would be established forever. And David had some wretched grandsons, great grandsons and so on. But God kept His promise for David’s sake, and Jesus’ kingdom is without end.
King David is recorded as having publicly danced half naked in praise of his God. Crying, praying and fasting for days on end, and yet his hands were too bloody to build God’s temple. The dichotomy is mind boggling. A Warrior and a Worshipper. David is my Bible crush!
You’re probably thinking, but he’s an adulterer, a murderer, and a bad father to boot. David even kicked God out of the city once (2 Samuel 6). Yeah, well…I’m not going to try to explain that away. And neither did God. David paid a heavy price for each offense. And when pride snuck up on him, God took it out on the entire country… Just to remind David who the real power was and is (2 Samuel 24).
I say to the Father, “I get it. I see why You say David was a man after Your own heart.”
The Spirit of God said, “No, you don’t.”
I say, “Well yeah, because he was a worshipper and was quick to repent. He sought your counsel before making decisions. Yeah, I get it.”
Can we all just pause for a minute to laugh at me telling the Holy Spirit that He’s wrong.
Okay back to the conversation. He tells me: “Not everyone that dances before me is dancing for me. Not everyone that sings is singing to me.” He reminds me that non-believers unknowingly, unwittingly obey His instructions. Even atheist would say Thou Shalt not Murder. Thou Shalt not Commit Adultery.
Okay, then what, Lord?
He answers: “He was a man after My heart.”
I pause, not knowing how to respond. I’m thinking, uh, I just said that. I think I hear Him chuckle, and then He reminds me of how a past suitor pursued me. He reminds me of when I returned the pursuit, of sorts. The care and attention I received. The gifts and tokens of affection he gave. The meals I cooked. The gifts I gave. The time I shared.
“No,” He says, “You read that verse to mean that David shared a heart for the things I have a heart for. That is incorrect. David *wanted* My heart.”
David wanted God’s love! David pursued God like a man pursues a woman. David made calls in the middle of the day just to say “hello” and “I’m thinking of you”. He brought gifts and sacrifices, not because it was a special occasion or as an apology. No, he brought gifts and sacrifices just because he wanted God to feel special, to know He was loved. David didn’t sing worship songs. David sang love songs. David consulted God about the seemingly mundane things like a man in the mall calls his girlfriend, soliciting her opinion because he trust her input, her taste.
I sit there a bit longer and I say, “I get it”. He replies, “Yes, you do”. I chuckle.
But then I have another ah-ha moment.
Our God promised a kingdom to an adulterous, murdering bad dad because David loved Him, not simply because God loved David. It wasn’t just that David knew how to worship “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). God felt chased even though He wasn’t running. David loved God in that “you make me breathless” kind of way. He had a passion for God.
The only other “passions” we read about in the bible is God’s love for Israel and Jesus’ love for us. Think about that.
If you want to hear God say to you, “and if that had been too little, I would have given you more”… Get passionate about your God, your Father. Chase Him. It just makes Him feel wanted; which is so much sweeter than being revered.