When a Bible student begins researching the life of King David, he will soon come to understand why the scriptures say David had a heart like God’s own heart. “…I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will” (Acts 13:22b). David never showed jealousy for others’ glory. He knew he was king of Israel, even while Saul lived, but he did not try to usurp Saul’s authority. Many times he had the opportunity to kill Saul, but he did not lift his hand against him (1 Sam. 24:5; 1 Sam. 26:11-23). When Saul and Jonathan died, King David wept bitterly and mourned their loss (2 Sam. 1:19-27). When he finally came to power, David determined that he would build a “house” for the Lord, a place for the Lord to dwell in Israel (2 Sam. 7:2 and 2 Samuel 7:7). However, the Lord told him no, because his hands had shed blood. Was he daunted? What was his reaction? We see that David made preparation for the temple even though he knew he would not be the one to actually build it.
Last year a tree fell in our older daughter’s back yard and had to be removed. The family knew there was a wren’s nest under the back deck near where the tree had been; however, there was no choice but to remove the tree and grind the stump so the grass could be replanted. As the tree service was pulling down branches and cutting up the wood, two baby birds tried to fly away before they were quite feathered for the task. They landed on the ground and died.