August 19, 2019

Kind David – A Man After God’s Own Heart?

Today I wanted to write on a subject that I have been thinking about for a couple of weeks. The topic is how can it be that the scripture calls David a man after God’s own heart when he committed adultery, murdered a man, and was responsible for the death of others as well? One would think that after falling into such sin as that he could never be used of God or have a godly testimony, but the scripture shows us different.

Summary of 2 Samuel 11 & 12

David saw Bathsheba bathing from his roof top, he  sent to find out who she was, and then sent and laid with her! After this Bathsheba goes home but becomes pregnant and sends and tells David. Rather than repenting of his sin, now David schemes how he can cover it up. So he decides to send for Uriah who is away at war (where David should have been) and let him stay at home so people would think it was Uriah’s baby. The problem: Uriah wouldn’t go home because his countrymen were away at war sleeping in tents. David finally decides to send him back to the war but to kill him by putting him in the hottest part of the battle and then pull back from him. This occurs and other men as well as Uriah die. David then takes Bathsheba to be his wife. David thinks he has covered his sin and that no one knows, but God sends Nathan the prophet who rebukes David and tells him God’s judgement.

At this point in the story David does what he should have done earlier. He declares that he has sinned against the Lord and repents of his sin. Nathan says that God has put away David’s sin and that he will not die. He must suffer the consequences of his sin, but God forgives David of his sin. When you read of David in the rest of scripture he is not remembered in the scripture after this for his sin, but rather as a man after God’s own heart! David repented of his sin, turned from it and followed after the Lord.

Examples of What David is Remembered For: 

“David did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.” -1 Kings 15:5

“And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the way of David his father, and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.” -2 Kings 22:2

“And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.'” -Acts 13:22

This truth is a tremendous encouragement for the Christian. We learn that our lives do not have to be defined by our sin. When we sin if we will repent, turn away from it, and follow the Lord we will be remembered as people who gave their lives to the Lord. I hope this is an encouragement to you!


  1. Thank you, very encouraging! It’s good to read more post from you again also! 🙂

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