The heart is an important subject in the Bible. Mentioned at least 700 times in the Bible, it usually means the very center of the human personality. It is interesting to note that the very first mention of the word “heart” in the Bible (found in Genesis 6:5) reveals what our hearts usually do: “The very intention of the thoughts of his [man’s] heart was only evil continually.”
This blog will be an introductory article for a series of principles I will share with you from my study on David’s character. David was called “the man after [God’s] own heart” (Acts 13:22). We will be learning many things about David, his successes and struggles as a man who is after God’s own heart.
Our study in this series will focus on David’s life from a shepherd boy to the end of his reign as a king of Israel. So we will be starting on 1 Samuel 16. To give us a little background on what was going on in this chapter, we will be mentioning King Saul in this study.
All Starts From The Heart
Samuel 16 begins with Samuel grieving over Saul’s disobedience and failure as Israel’s king. In chapter 15, God rejected King Saul because of his disobedience. God explicitly commanded King Saul to completely destroy the Amalekites, all the people and all the animals. But King Saul spared Amalekites’ king, Agag, and the best of their animals. This angered God and He told Samuel the prophet about what He was going to do against Saul. In the end, Samuel told Saul these words: “Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king” (1 Samuel 15:1 – 23).
We can say that King Saul’s heart was not set before God after all. That is the very reason why he was rejected. His affection is not towards God. He set his affections toward his own glory by not obeying God’s command. So his affection lead him to the direction that he would later regret. King Saul’s story leads us to this principle: Man’s affections influence his directions. We always go to the direction where our heart leads. That is our default option. Since Genesis 6:5 already revealed that our heart’s intents are inclined towards evil, we all know that when we follow our own heart we will always walk to the wrong direction. If this is the case, then how can we get to the right direction?
That’s what we will learn from 1 Samuel 16. I will not leave you hanging though. Here is the principle we will be tackling on the next article in this series: God’s inspection is the reference to the right direction. Whatever God finds and sees in our hearts, His instructions are always worth following.
That’s all for today. Be sure to follow this series. And join me in discovering how we can be like David, a man after God’s own heart.