Acts 13:22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: “I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him o do.”
Think of God being able to describe someone as “a man after my own heart, he will do everything I want him to do.” This was the opposite of Saul. The people had wanted a king like the other nations, so God gave them Saul, who looked like a king – outwardly. Scripture describes Saul as being impressive and a head taller than the others. He would have really stood out in a crowd. Unfortunately his heart was not where it needed to be and because of the choices he made, God rejected him.
When the Lord had the prophet Samuel go to Bethlehem to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as king, even Samuel was impressed with outward appearances. When he saw Eliab, Jesse’s oldest son, he thought that surely this was the Lord’s anointed. But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
Each one of the seven sons of Jesse with him in Bethlehem passed in front of Samuel but the Lord chose none of them. Finally Samuel asks, “Are these all the sons you have?” No, there was one more, the youngest, but he was out tending the sheep. So they sent for him and didn’t sit down until he arrived. He was the one the Lord chose.
I find this event to be both motivating and encouraging. It’s motivating, in that I want to more and more have a heart after the Lord like David had – that I would do whatever the Lord wants me to do. It’s encouraging because even though David wasn’t there, things weren’t going forward until they got him.
Think of the times in our lives when opportunity called – literally. We receive a phone call or letter regarding a job, a ministry or some kind of opportunity because the Lord brought us to mind. He knows who we are and where we are. Let us sharpen our focus on becoming men and women after His own heart.