After God's heart?
David was after God"s heart. Print

David ran after God's own heart meaning David constantly sought, pursured after, to find God and His ways to please and always GIVE GLORY TO GOD by and IN HIS LIFE AND POSITION not himself or the nation. "David was a man AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART!" Giving Glory to God alone for God's sake not his.

Command of the Lord by Samuel to Saul

1st Samuel 15:1-3  Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.  (God is a righteous judge and in the old testament He was dealing with a natural carnal people.)


Saul’s Actions:

1st Samuel 15:7-9  And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt. And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. (Disobedience and a love for the goodies)


God’s repsonse, the strength of Israel, to Saul’s actions as the King of Israel!

   (1 Samuel 16:7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature....... for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.)

1 Samuel 15:10-11  Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, (remember God sees the heart) and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.


Saul and Samuel about the matter of Disobedience from the heart on Saul’s part!

1 Samuel 15:13-15  And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD. (HUH?) And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? And Saul said, They (notice Saul is putting the blame somewhere else trying to excuse his sin of not loving the Lord) have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people (notice it’s the people not the Kings fault which He was the King to tell the people to obey God but Saul chose to listen to them rather than stand up and obey God.) spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; (what you mean bringing these vain prideful sacrifices unto the Lord rather than obeying Him?) and the rest we have utterly destroyed.(You and the people have decided, Saul, what was clean and unclean above God’s word and command?)


Samuel and Saul’s talking together!

1st Samuel 15:17-21  And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight [hunble], wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel? And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.  Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?

(lusting after the goodies) And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me {HUH?}, and have brought {God said utterly destroy him!) Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites (only what Saul and the people took it upon themselves to decide what was vile and what was good). But the people took {blaming it on the people for his failure as King and wanting the goodies also 1st Sam 15.24} of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal. (What pride and arrogance of heart for if that was what God wanted God would have told Saul so. Saul changed his heart to follow after his pride rather than having a heart to do God’s righteousness obeying His voice. He let the people’s lust and worldly desires dictate to him rather than being valiant for God and God’s righteousness at all costs. That’s why it repented [grieved] God of having made Saul King of Israel for Saul changed his heart to follow after Saul not God misrepresenting the strength of Israel to the people, sinning rather than to love righteousness.) note 1st Sam 15.24 (worldly sorrow or true repentance?)

Samuel’s reply to Saul

1st Samuel 15:22-23  And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.


Romans 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind [to live a lie], to do those things which are not convenient; [non virtuous, vile liars, delusions, self deceived, Romans 1.28-32,  2ndThess 2.10-12]


David was pronounced King and, in God’s good time, was set in Saul’s place. (David was a man after God’s own heart for David loved God and His righteousness more than his life. He was a true shepherd of God. He was a picture of how we should be in attitude towards God from the heart (spirit) not just in vain fleshly praise and works, for God sees the heart and knows without a doubt who belongs to Him loving His righteousness (His Christ) and who doesn’t.

Even tho David had sinned against God and repented David continued to put God first in all other matters {not like Saul who was lifted in "Pride" and began to love himself} and always had a "perfect heart" [one that contiually puts God first in ones life and seeks to obey Him learning to please God doing His word not turning to the left or the right serving "Idols-vain imaginations-lust" from the heart to be joyful Loving God]. {not law but heart} David continued loving God even after the chastisement God pronounced on him because of His sin and disobedience. He remained humble before God, and a servant, accepting the righteous judgment from God for the rest of his life. Saul got mad  and took matters in His own hands at God's judgment upon him because his heart had departed from God.