We know the familar story of David, a young shepherd boy, who slayed the Goliath and later became King of Isreal. God chosen and anointed him to be king, and called him a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14; Act 13:22). Later, he committed heinous sins against God by committing adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband murdered (2 Sam 11:2-5). He was quick to repent when confronted by Prophet Nathan (2 Sam 12:13) and God in his mercy, restored him but he paid the sins with his son’s death.
So, why did God called David, a man after His own heart? Most will agree that it was because of David’s faith, trust and obedience to God, demonstrated in his many battles, love for his subjects, humility before God, forgiving his betrayers as well as a worshipper.
But, one thing that stands out is in Psa 27:4, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.” He desired the presence of God that he eagerly wanted to build Him a temple near his own palace. God saw the heart of David that he was a man after God’s heart because he desired His presence.
But it is even more incredible is God’s desire to dwell with us that He made a way through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, so we can receive the indwelling of His Holy Spirit in our body as the temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Despite our weaknesses, sins, character flaws and may have even committed heinous sins like David, yet God’s forgiveness and restoration are always available because of His love. There is no sin too great that He cannot forgive, in 1 Jn 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” He is faithful to forgive just as He had forgiven David.
He left us with a promise in Mat 28:20, “…I am with you always, even unto the end of the world”, so we are assured that He always with us no matter what. So, Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Heb 4:16).
Dear Lord, thank You for Your love for me that You never leave me nor forsake me, even when I do not feel You are with me and when I sin. Forgive me and cleanse me of any sin so that nothing stands in the way. Thank You that You are faithful to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness and I can always come boldly before Your throne anytime.