Choice –Part 15: A Man After God’s Own Heart
David facing Goliath
The Bible says David was a man after God’s own heart. Why did God call him this? Basically, it was because David chose to follow God with all of his heart. David deliberately put God first above everything else. David made it a point to keep his heart pure and devoted to God. It appears the choices he made produced a heart that was rare.
How does this fit in with the doctrine of selective salvation? According to selective salvation, all of our hearts (mindsets) have been molded by God. They are exactly the way God wants them. If this is true, all of the elect should be people after God’s own heart. The comments about David’s heart suggest to me selective salvation can’t be true.
In addition to the above, there is also the verse about God seeking someone who has a pure heart. Before David came onto the scene, the Bible says God "sought a man after His own heart." If selective salvation is true and God preprogrammed all of our hearts, there was no need for Him to look. God already knew who had the right kind of heart. Once again, this indicates to me selective salvation can’t be true.
Some may counter my argument by saying, "Even if selective salvation is false, an omniscient (all-knowing) God would know everyone’s heart. Therefore, there still is no need for God to seek someone after His own heart.
This observation, of course, is true. God’s "search," however, had nothing to do with His not knowing the hearts of men. People often think this verse is saying God was doing a person-to-person search of people’s hearts. In reality, this verse is saying God desired a man after His own heart.
The word "seeking" often means desiring or wanting, not the actual act of seeking. For example, when I was single, people would often ask me, "What kind of girl are you looking for?" or "What kind of girl are you seeking?" Basically, they were asking, "What kind of girl do you desire?"
Yes, it is true; God desires a person after His own heart. He is looking for people who will choose to be pure and wholly devoted to Him. Will you be one of these people? Listed below are verses talking about David’s heart:
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