A Man After God’s Heart

So David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh Gilead, and said to them, “You are blessed of the Lord, for you have shown this kindness to your lord, to Saul, and have buried him. 6 And now may the Lord show kindness and truth to you. I also will repay you this kindness, because you have done this thing.
— 2 Samuel 2:5-6

The men who followed David probably didn’t understand his attitude and they may have been somewhat confused and a little puzzled. These were men who had followed him when he was leading the armies of Israel into battle. These men even remained faithful when Saul became jealous of David and sent Israel’s armies to hunt him down.

There came a day when Saul and his armies chased David into the wilderness. David was about to have the perfect opportunity to kill Saul.

When Saul and his soldiers rested in a cave, Saul found a private place to go to the bathroom and David’s men thought that Saul was about to be history. They had even said that God had given “your enemy into your hand.” I don’t know if I could have responded like David. David had crawled right up to where Saul was but instead of killing him, he only cut a piece off Saul’s robe. Saul never knew David was anywhere in sight until David later revealed it to him. Scripture tells us that David’s conscience bothered him for that act against the King. His men could not understand this response. David explained that, even though Saul was wrong to pursue him, he still was “the Lord’s anointed.” And David knew that striking out against Saul was striking out against God.

Even after Saul’s death in battle, David displayed the same kind of attitude. Instead of rejoicing and being relieved when Saul was killed, David mourned. And he even put the Amalekite to death who brought him the news that “the Lord’s anointed” was dead.

Now this is where out text come into play. David also displayed this attitude toward the people of Jabesh-Gilead after they buried Saul. Others might have thought he would punish those who showed any kind of kindness or loyalty because Saul had punished others who had aided David. David had something inside him that we need to take notice of. David was only concerned with pleasing God. That brings back the verse in 1 Samuel 13:14 to mind, that David was a man after God’s heart.

David was truly a man of humility who sought God’s will and served Him regardless of hardships or other’s opinions. What this world needs to see today are Christians like David who will seek to follow the Lord’s leading and obey His Word. God Bless!