David was known for many good things. He was a great king, a wonderful friend, a fierce warrior, and this week we see that he was considered a man after God’s own heart.

But we have also seen that as amazing as David was, there is One who is in every way better, and this week is no different.

In Matthew 17 the disciples witnessed something amazing. They see the transfiguration of Jesus. They see Him in a way no one had ever seen Him. They caught a glimpse of Jesus as God.

Christ was both God and man; but, in the days of his flesh, he took on him the form of a servant (Phil. 2:7). He drew a veil over the glory of his godhead; but now, in his transfiguration, he put by that veil, appeared … in the form of God (Phil. 2:6), and gave his disciples a glimpse of his glory, which could not but change his form. – Matthew Henry

And then they heard the voice of God the Father saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” It is something the Father said before, at Jesus’ baptism, but this time He adds a little more. He says, … listen to him.

The Father knows that when we listen to Jesus, the Son, we are also listening to God the Father. They are distinct and yet they are God. It is as if their hearts beat as one because their wills and desires are in perfect unity.

Why does the Father want us to listen to His Son? Because it is only in Him that salvation is found.

Do you want to be free? Then listen to Jesus!

Do you want to be at peace? Then listen to Jesus!

Do you want to be content? Listen to Jesus!

Do you want to be joyful in all circumstances? Listen to Jesus!

David was great, but he also messed up royally. Despite David’s pretty awful sins, he was considered a man after God’s own heart – not because he was any better than us – but because he belonged to One who is better in all ways.  

In Jesus is found everything we need for life and godliness, and it is by listening to Jesus, the true man after God’s own heart, that we too can be called a woman “after God’s own heart.”

Looking To Jesus,



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