1SAMUEL – KING DAVID, A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART

What more shall I say concerning faith? There is not time for me to give an account of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, or of David, Samuel and the prophets. These were men who through faith conquered kingdoms, did what was righteous and earned the promises (cf. Heb11:32, 33). I will though comment briefly on David, described as a man after God’s own heart. Was that statement in the context of “imputed righteousness” or the preparation of the Spirit? No, it was the boy David by nature as God perceived him.  After his repeated episodes of disobedience, King Saul was informed by Prophet Samuel that his sovereignty was to come to an end and that Yahweh had discovered a man after His own heart who would replace him. It was not until his anointing as king that “the Spirit of Yahweh seized upon David from that day onwards” (1Sam16:13).

In the context of earlier posts, the fact that David or any man or woman may “have the heart of God” (or indeed the mind of Christ) must mean they reflect His nature in terms of what qualities and actions God finds pleasing or distasteful. It affirms once again that comprehending God’s nature is not beyond the grasp of human reason for it is reflected in measure within man when he is at his best. The extent and indeed the outworking of divine love and holiness may well surpass human imagining, but not its nature or essence. Love is love; Holiness is holiness. It is as Scripture and all true wisdom defines these qualities both for God and man.

I am bound to re-emphasize this as the theologies that I have depended upon in the past contradict such a principle. If God really had created human beings knowing that eternal miseries were to be inflicted upon the bulk of them as Augustine and the later Reformers insisted, then whatever else Yahweh may be He is neither compassionate, kind, just nor magnanimous as humans understand those terms. But let us not rely on human reasoning alone, Scripture itself (1Cor13) defines the supreme quality of love, which it also affirms is God’s defining quality (1Jn4:8) .

Of course, having the heart of God or the mind of Christ is one thing; living a life entirely free from sin is quite another which neither David nor any man but One has achieved.

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