What was it about David? Why was he so “highly favored?” How did he become “a man after My own Heart?” (Acts 13:22)
It was not because David was the perfect servant. Actually, David was far from perfect. David committed two crimes against the Old Covenant that warranted the death penalty: adultery & murder. So, by the Mosaic Law, David was guilty.
“Howbeit the Lord God of Israel chose me before all the house of my father to be king over Israel for ever: for he hath chosen Judah to be the ruler; and of the house of Judah, the house of my father; and among the sons of my father HE LIKED ME to make me king over all Israel.” – 1 Chron. 28:4 (KJV) [emph. added].
God loved David. God loves all his children! However, God not only loved David, He also liked David. Do you know what I mean? You may have many children. You love them all! But there is going to be one that you get along with more. There is going to be one that you gravitate to more. There is going to be one that you like more.
Could it be because He knew David’s heart? Read Psalms 51. When David sinned, he repented. No, he pleaded with tears for mercy! “Wash me, cleanse me – blot out my transgressions”, David lamented. The opposite reaction would be that of King Saul. When approached about his sins, Saul hardened his heart. God places a NEW fleshly heart inside man to replace his OLD stony heart (Ezek 36:26) [emph. added].
This is the heart God desires. He desires a heart that repents. He desires one that is malleable, pliable, and workable! A stony heart is a death sentence. It sinks. It drowns. If you have sinned, repent. If someone comes to you with a grievance, answer with a contrite heart. If you feel your heart hardening, know this: that is the heart of man. A stony heart is of the world. God alone can set us free from our cold hearts and give us one that is truly alive!
May God’s Love be with you
Ref: Joseph Prince, The Secret of David