David: A Man After God's Heart
Many people probably think to get close to God one has to be perfect. Even many Christians seem to think this. But God said about King David that he was "a man after His own heart" (I Sam 13:14). In this statement, the prophet Samuel contrasted then king Saul with soon to be king David. The implication is that Saul wasn't a man after God's heart. Where Saul failed is he did not have a sense of his sin. David did some evil things, maybe even worse than did Saul. But David was broken over his sin, and Saul was not. David wrote, "...I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me" (Ps 51:3) and "I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide" (Ps 32:5). Saul on the other hand, after directly disregarding God's command protested, "...I have carried out God's command!" (I Sam 15:13). A man after God's own heart is the one who has a sense of his sinfulness. "He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities" (Ps 103:10), "This is the one to whom I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word" (Is 66:2).