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“Humble, After God’s Heart”

“‘Who am I, and what is my family in Israel that I should be the king’s son-in-law?’ David exclaimed. ‘My father’s family is nothing…How can a poor man from a humble family afford the bride price for the daughter of a king?’”

1 Samuel 18:18, 23

There is only one man in scripture that GOD described as a man after His own heart. So, I wonder…What did God see in David? Was it simply his actions, or was it something deeper?

Every time I comb through David’s life, there is an attitude that particularly stands out--humility. We already read his response when Saul decided to give David one of his daughters in marriage, “Who am I? ...My family is nothing…I’m poor.” In David’s mind, it seemed impossible for a man like himself to become the king’s son-in-law!

David also showed humility by asking for advice. When his own father-in-law kept trying to kill him, David sought help from both Samuel and his best friend, Jonathan. When David needed to know if he should attack the Philistines, he asked the Lord. And when he heard Saul was planning to destroy an entire city just because David was there, he pleaded for direction, “Oh, Lord…please tell me.” (23:11) David did not act like a know-it-all--he continually sought counsel.

God not only heard David’s prayers, but He saw a humble heart fully committed to Him, and to THAT man, God gave His strength. (1 Chron. 16:9) In fact, God always opposes the proud, but favors the humble. (James 4:6)

So, I wonder: If humility catches God’s attention…will He notice me today?


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