His name means “Beloved of God.” He is called a man after God’s heart. Why did God call him this? What was it that appealed to God’s heart? There is obviously much we can learn from this man!
A. A MAN AFTER GOD’S HEART
- David had a special place in God’s heart.
- It is wonderful that God finds such delight in a human being.
B. WAS NOT A PERFECT MAN
- His weakness became known to all. Yet this did not alter God’s feeling about him.
- We too are far from perfect, yet God can find delight in us.
C. WAS A VERY “HUMAN” PERSON
- Typical mixture of strengths and weaknesses.
- Longed to please God, yet so often grieved Him.
- Longed for God’s rule in his life, yet did his own thing.
- Ascended to great heights… descended to sad depths.
- David was not a superman. He was truly human as we are!
D. CHOSEN FOR SPECIAL TASK
God chose him from among his older, outwardly more impressive brothers.
E. HE HAD TO BE TESTED
- Every man called of God must be tested and proven.
- Jesus was tested in the wilderness (Matt 4:1-11).
- “Don’t think it strange when you are tested” (1 Pet 4:12).
- “After you have suffered a while, God will make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you” (1 Pet 5:10).
F. DAVID TESTED THROUGH BATHSHEBA (2 Sam 11)
- He was spiritually “off guard”… Was now fifty years old… Had been king for 20 years. How easy to drop one’s guard!
- Was overly self-confident. Never trust the arm of flesh!
- Idle moments led to his downfall. Should have been at battle-front. Satan takes advantage of idle time.
- Material prosperity bred sensuousness. Paul disciplined his flesh to ensure he was not disapproved (1 Cor 9:27).
- Failed to overcome temptation while it was still in mind. All temptation begins in thoughts. This is the easiest place to defeat it. Cast down thoughts and imaginations (2 Cor 10:5). Failure to do so may lead to disaster.
G. HIS REPENTANCE (Ps 51:1-10)
It was David’s sincerity in repentance which endeared him to God.
- He acknowledged his transgression. Did not try to blame someone else.
- Repented thoroughly of his iniquity.
- Sincerely sought forgiveness.
- Cried out for cleansing.
- Sought a clean heart and right spirit.
H. HIS SUFFERING (Ps 32:3,4;77:2-6)
- Heavy conviction day and night.
- Tears of remorse.
- Bones waxed old.
I. WHAT GOD SOUGHT TO ACCOMPLISH (Ps 51:6, 10, 17)
- Truth in the inward parts.
- Clean heart and right spirit.
- Broken spirit and contrite heart.
J. THAT HIS SERVANT MIGHT BE:
- A meek and humble soul.
- A truly joyful person.
- Sustained by God’s free Spirit.
- A man after God’s own heart.
This is a brief and simple example of a biographical sermon. Determine to spend some time studying some of the great characters of the Bible so that you can teach important truths from their lives.