I. What does it mean. A man after God’s heart.

Acts 13:21–23 NLT - Then the people begged for a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, who reigned for forty years. 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.’ “And it is one of King David’s descendants, Jesus, who is God’s promised Savior of Israel!

A. Looking at David we see his attitudes

  • Humble – Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. Psalm 62:9

  • Reverent – I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:3

  • Respectful – Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. Psalm 31:9

  • Trusting – The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

  • Loving – I love you, O Lord, my strength. Psalm 18:1

  • Devoted – You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. Psalm 4:7

  • Recognition – I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. Psalm 9:1

  • Faithful – Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6

  • Obedient – Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Psalm 119:34

  • Repentant – For the sake of your name, O Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. Psalm 25:11

B. We see in David what we know God wants from us.

2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT - The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.”

  • What is God looking for? He is looking for men and women whose hearts are His—completely

  • You are not just obedient but you long to please Him in your actions. You care deeply about the motivations behind your actions.

C. David failed often.

  • It is interesting that he failed most in his family life.

  • David succeeded at work, but he failed at home.

II. What do we see in him that is like God?

A. David’s attributes can’t all be used for Gods heart

  • Reverent, our God is holy, who would he be reverent too?

  • Respectful, to whom?

  • Trusting, can you be trusting when you know everything?

  • Repentant? From what?

  • Obedient? To whom?

B. God’s attributes in line with Davids

  • Love

  • Devotion

  • Faithfulness

  • Merciful

C. Our God is Mercy.

Psalm 86:5 NLT - O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.

  • David wrote this Psalm he understood God’s mercy.

  • If you look at Davids life you see mercy.

2 Samuel 9:7–11 NLT - “Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!” Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, “Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to a dead dog like me?” Then the king summoned Saul’s servant Ziba and said, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. You and your sons and servants are to farm the land for him to produce food for your master’s household. But Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, will eat here at my table.” (Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.) Ziba replied, “Yes, my lord the king; I am your servant, and I will do all that you have commanded.” And from that time on, Mephibosheth ate regularly at David’s table, like one of the king’s own sons.

III. Are you merciful?

A. What is mercy?

  • The biblical meaning of mercy is exceedingly rich and complicated, as evidenced by the fact that several Hebrew and Greek words are needed to comprehend the many-sided concept.

  • Consequently, there are many synonyms employed in translation to express the dimensions of meaning involved, such as “kindness,” “lovingkindness,” “goodness,” “grace,” “favor,” “pity,” “compassion,” and “steadfast love.”

  • Prominent in the concept of mercy is the compassionate disposition to forgive an offender or adversary and to help or spare him in his sorry plight.

  • There is a lot to Mercy but at its basic form compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm. To not give them what the rightfully deserve.

B. Are you full of Mercy?

Luke 6:36 NLT - You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.

  • What would mercy look like for you today.

    • Does someone in your family need mercy?

    • It is tough trying to decide if you should give mercy or tough love.

    • We get burned so often.

C. It’s His mercy that saved us.

Titus 3:5–7 NLT - he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.

  • It is his mercy that gave us new life and new possibilities.

Hebrews 4:16 NLT - So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.


If you want to be a man or woman after God’s own heart you are going to have to show mercy. I get the fact that we need wisdom for this. But we can ask god for that. He will give it liberally. I’ll give you a hint, err on the side of mercy. It is His mercy that made us His when we deserved eternal punishment.

1 Peter 1:3–4 NLT - All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.

His mercy has given us eternity. Given that, don’t you think you should show mercy? Jesus said be merciful just like your Father.