The Lord said about King David that he was a man according to His own heart and desire. Luke writes, “And when he had
removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after
my heart, who will do all my will” (Acts 13:22). The wisdom behind selecting King David and how David has become a man
after God’s own heart lies in six characteristics. Modern believers need these six characteristics if they want to become man or woman after God’s own heart.
If you have read 1 Samuel 16:18, you will find these six characteristics. It says that one of the young men answered, “Behold, I
have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite
(first), who is skillful in playing,
(second), a man of valor,
(third), a man of war,
(fourth), prudent in speech,
(fifth), a man of good presence,
(sixth), and the Lord is with him.” Now, let’s delve deeper into how these six qualities that can help believers prove their faithfulness with God, even in times like these.
1. Cunning in Playing or Skillful Man of God
It’s obvious that God the Father does not like the unskillful or slack hands or feet.
Solomon wrote, “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Prov 10:4), so God is pleased with the
work of experts or skillful men. When the Lord told Moses to build the tabernacle, He asked him to select skillful men, so “Bezalel
and Oholiab and every craftsman in whom the Lord has put skill and intelligence to know how to do any work in the
construction of the sanctuary shall work in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded” (Ex 36:1). Since God does not
change, He still desires those who are skilled at what they do and give it all they’ve got.
2. Mighty Valiant Man
When we see the life of King David, we see that he was a mighty valiant Man of God.
King David feared no man, knowing “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though
the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling” (Psalms 46: 1-3).
Bravery is sometimes a sign of the Holy Spirit’s presence and an anointing from God; therefore, if modern Christians truly want to
become faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ, they need to be ready for spiritual warfare and battle like a mighty and valiant man or woman of God.
We’re facing war in all areas of our lives from the enemy. Believers all around the world know that it’s not easy to live life on this earth today.
We need to become brave men or women of God because “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present
3. A Mighty Warrior
A man or woman of war is someone who not only fights against the enemy but also
strives to keeps others safe. King David has this quality too. He fights the enemy of Israel, uniting them in Judea. He was not
just a soldier but a leader, a man of honor who knew the importance of winning every battle.
Truly faithful Christians must fight spiritual battles with the Devil and his dark forces to win, but thankfully, believers “have
conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death” (Rev 12:11).
4. Prudent in Matters
Being prudent means using wisdom and language according to the situation. I think if
King David was not prudent in matters, he would have never prayed to God for his son Solomon, who God have a heart of wisdom.
Because of this quality of King David, his son asked God to give him wisdom and he did. Solomon asked, “Give your servant
therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this
your great people” (1 Kings 3:9). Truly faithful Christians must learn this importance of being prudent in matters.
These types of believers will lead our generations into a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.
5. A Comely Person
According to vocabulary.com, “If your manners are comely, it means you know the
right way to act to put people at ease. Comely is related to the word for becoming something attractive and appropriate. One
example is, “You’re comely wearing that blouse,” however, it’s related to their spiritual beauty or a beauty of holiness. King David
had a spiritual beauty and that’s why he worshipped God, and announcing the angels
also worship God with the beauty of holiness. Modern Christians should have this attribute if they want to grow in the faithfulness and grace of God.
6. The Lord is With Him
“The Lord is with him” means He is with all those who have all the above-mentioned qualities.
God cannot work with you if you are lacking these six qualities. As a new creation in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:17),
we should have a lot more Christ-like qualities, however, these are the basic ground or foundational characteristics of the people with whom God is well pleased.
All Christians should adopt these six qualities. If you’ve ever wondered how King
David became a man after God’s own heart, the aforementioned characteristics are the main reasons.
Those characteristics have made King David one of the heroes of the Bible and perhaps the best warrior that God’s army ever had.
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