Acts 13:22 After God’s Heart

Our subject will be King David. What an anomaly he is.

  • Such a key figure in the Bible
  • Such sin coming from a believer and yet
  • Such a desire for God

Let’s consider each of those:


Acts 13:22-23 (KJV)
And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

David is mentioned 59 times in the New Testament:

  • 39 times in the Gospels
  • 11 times in the book of Acts
  • 6 times in the Epistles and
  • 3 times in the book of the Revelation


2 Samuel 12:7-9 (KJV)
And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; andif that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.


  • Took multiple wives
  • Refused to discipline his children and
  • Became bitter toward some of his children, refusing to speak with them


As great a man as David was, he was not a good father and, in the end, it hurt him to his core[1].



One of the most beautiful passages of Bible anyone has ever know isPsalms 23:1-6 (KJV)
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

I’ll tell you one thing. If revival comes it’s going to have to be from God. We’re not going to organize it down, preach it down or maybe even pray it down. It’s just going to have to be God’s choosing.”
(Larry Clayton)

[1]Can you imagine being forced to enter battle against your own son or to choose to defend one son over another?


Acts 13:22 After God’s Heart

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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