But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do” Acts 13:22 [NLT].
For the longest of times, in my early days of Christianity, I was baffled by the fact that in all the great men we read about in the Bible, the LORD would refer to David as the man after His own heart. The Bible has a lot of great men which one can consider above David, men more powerful, with great faith, more anointed, fearless, more faithful and even the greatest of servants. I believe this is probably so because David is portrayed as a man who is full of iniquity and weak. I would therefore ask myself how God could refer to a man as weak as David out of all as a man after His heart. As I grew up however I realized that, a man after God’s heart is not a perfect man. What I noticed is that the Lord honored David’s genuineness and authenticity above everything else. David never thought of himself as a superstar or someone who has achieved it all, regardless of his position or status. He knew and acknowledged the fact that as human he was weak and had shortfalls. He also knew that he was born in iniquity, and that’s genuineness.The greatest thing in all this however is that with the knowledge he had of himself, he knew that there was only one person who could qualify him, strengthen him and purify him. He knew that for him to become a greater version of himself, he needed GOD to continuously assist and transform him. He gave his entire being to and trusted fully in God to make him a better person. That is something to really admire from him.No man is perfect, strong or righteous at all (outside of God that is) and if one is not authentic enough to admit this, they will never go to God in prayer to ask for His help to become better and better every day. God is looking for genuineness in Christians, not those who think they have achieved it all. We all know our weaknesses and shortcomings, and it is our responsibility to talk to GOD about them until He transforms us to what He wants us to be. This pleases Him.