It is always amazing to think of David who was “a man after God’s own heart”. I must ask the question, “What was David’s heart like?” The initial description of David did not refer to his heart but God’s. However, an all seeing God saw the heart of David and declared he was “a man after God’s own heart”. The condition of the man cannot be separated from the condition of his heart. No doubt, to figure out David we must ask another question, “What is God’s own heart like?”. If David was a man after God’s heart then his own heart reflected God’s.
What would be the first and foremost description of God? He is holy. Herein lies our dilemma. God is always holy, David was not. How could David be a man after God’s heart with what he did and how he lived? He sinned purposely, repeatedly and presumptuously. In order to have a holy heart he had to have forgiveness, which necessitates confession. David confessed his sin in Psalm 51:3, 4 without excuse. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight. He knew of his filthy sin against God and that is why he prayed Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. He continued again in verse 7, Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. His prayer was Create in me a clean heart and that is what God gave him! He had a clean heart that was holy like God’s because of Divine forgiveness.
However, is that all that he received? No. David received an undeserving clean heart, yet because of this God renewed a “right spirit” within him! Not only did he receive a clean heart but also a Revived Heart. What is the heartbeat of God? Revival. God longs to “restore” and revive the heart of of His people. Therefore if we want to be a man after God’s own heart, then let us have a Revived Heart! A holy God demands sincere confession of our sin, in return God grants forgiveness and a clean heart, in which results in a revived heart.
So, how is your heart?
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