One of my favorite verses is found in Acts 13:22, it says:

After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

Every time I read this verse in Acts 13:22, I am almost immediately reminded of the verse in 1 Samuel 16:7 when God quickly stops Samuel from anointing Eliab (David’s older brother) and says,

“Do not consider his appearance or his height […] The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

These two verse combined leave me with these two questions: 1) What did God see when He looked at David’s heart? And 2) How can we as women, leave behind a legacy of being known as daughters who were after the heart of the Father?

Looking at David’s life, I want to point out to two important characteristics about David that will help us understand what exactly God saw in him to not only qualify him as the king of Israel, but to also give him the title of ‘a man after God’s own heart’. 

A LOVER OF HIS PRESENCE

One of David’s greatest qualities was that he had this unquenchable desire to be in the Presence of God. He was a true worshiper in and out of every season of his life. From his shepherding days as a young boy in a field, to his cave days while he ran to preserve his life, all the way through his days as a King, David remained as a lover of God’s presence. No circumstance, no trial, no challenge, no chaos, no sin could ever stop him from doing so.

And because he was such a lover of the presence, he not only desired the presence of God, but he sought after it. In Psalm 24:7 he says

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 gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

I want to point out the difference between desiring the presence of God versus seeking the presence of God. Desiring is sense of longing, it’s nothing more but a feeling. However, ‘to seek’ is to act upon based on the initial feeling of desire. Ladies, some of you today are desiring to see His face but you’re not seeking His face. You’re not following your desire with an action of intentional pursuit. You somehow think that if the desire for God is there, then that itself is enough. Then you start feeling discouraged and frustrated when you don’t see any results of growth in your life. You start feeling like God is being distant from you. You start getting frustrated when God seems to be speaking to everyone else, except you and all along wonder why you are not seeing or experiencing God the same way.

To ‘desire the presence’ MUST translate into intentionally pursuing Him through an active relationship
To ‘desire the presence’ MUST translate into intentionally pursuing Him through an active relationship. This happens by spending time in His presence, and saturating yourself in His word.

NEVER LIMIT YOUR WORSHIP

David never limited his Worship. In Psalm 63 he says,

I will praise you seven times a day[..]
Imagine having the responsibility and pressure of ruling a nation yet stopping 7 times a day to worship God! Some of us would be lucky if we praised God 3 times a week. What’s our excuse fr withholding worship? What could possibly be a better excuse than being a King? I often chuckle when I hear people complaining and wishing they had more than 24 hours in a day. My personal belief is this: it’s not more time that we need; it’s our priorities that we need to get in order.
it’s not more time that we need; it’s our priorities that we need to get in order
It’s the distractions that we need to shut out. It’s all those unnecessary demands that we need to cut out. It’s our gaze that needs to shift from whatever is consuming our time, to what deserves our attention and affection. Where does God fit in your schedule? How much of your time and attention are you giving to Him?

Ladies, it’s so important that we learn to LIVE for our Heavenly Father, our Creator FIRST before we can live for anything else. It’s important that we allow the Holy Spirit to cultivate a heart that is hungry for His presence. The more we live for Him and the more we pursue and delight in His presence, the more the heart of the Father is pleased, and the greater the legacy we’re bound to leave behind.

See you next Friday!

Written by Christina Girma

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  1. Zikar April 12, 2017 at 9:58 am Reply

    This is really inspiring. I just learned something about myself

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