The youngest of the eight sons of Jesse, David was not considered very important. When the prophet Samuel came to find the next king for Israel, he came to Jesse’s household. Jesse put forth each of the seven sons ahead of David, but none were destined to be the future king. When Samuel asked if these were all the sons, Jesse replied that there was one more, but he was out tending sheep.
David was so unimportant that he wasn’t even included by his own father when his sons were being evaluated as potential kings for Israel. They left him out with the sheep so the others could be judged. Samuel asks to see David and upon seeing him, immediately the LORD says, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” (1 Samuel 16:13)
David would go on to do many great things. He killed the giant Goliath. He expanded the Kingdom of Israel through many battles. He composed great worship songs, now found throughout the book of Psalms. Luke would write about David in Acts 13:
God 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
David is revered as someone who was pursuing the heart of God. He was everything you should be as a follower of God. He is who we want to be in our walk with Jesus. But there was a darker side to David as well. He slept with another man’s wife (Bathsheba) and had the man (Uriah) killed in battle. David’s sin led to many hardships and strained his relationship with God. There were consequences for David’s kingship and personal life because of his sin.
In reality, David’s story is less about his pursuit of God and more about God’s relentless pursuit of him—and us. Despite your disobedience and many sins, Jesus is relentlessly pursuing you! He is out to destroy your sinful heart and give you a new one: a heart after His own heart.