This Sunday special guest Ps Kevin Loo from City Harvest Church in Kuala Lumpur spoke on the character of King David and how he models a heart that has made God paramount.

AFTER GOD'S HEART // Amy Claborn

All my Sunday school years, I heard King David — a very beneficent-looking illustration on a felt board — described as “a man after God’s own heart.” But I always found his life a strange contradiction: a man after God’s own heart committing adultery and murder? If he’s after God’s heart, what’s he doing with Bathsheba’s? I wrote it off as a “the bigger they are, the harder they fall” lesson in morality. Everything about King David seemed Goliath-sized. His victories were gigantic; his failings, immense.

However, Pastor Kevin Loo painted the man after God’s own heart not as someone invincible and sinless — who could that be but Jesus Christ? — but as a man quick to repent. David was shameless in his ability to turn back to God. Pride tempts us to cover mistakes and gloss over the rough areas of our hearts. Like Saul, we could make excuses and blame circumstances, people, and pressures. Or like David, we have the choice to cry out, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” [Psalm 139:23-24]. 

David took responsibility and submitted to discipline. A man after God’s own heart is, after all, only a man. We are not expected to be perfect but to commit to the journey of seeking after God’s heart all of our days, even the days where we stumble and fall short— His grace for our shortcomings, His strength in our weakness.