I have often puzzled over the Bible’s record of some of the most heinous acts of treachery, cowardice and sin committed by a “man after God’s own heart.” How could God love a person so flawed? One reason may have been David’s humility.
He was far from perfect. His life was sprinkled with mistakes, both great and small; all lie bared to even the casual reader. However, David was humble; it seemed inherent in his personality, whether he was glorying in praise to God or repenting from grievous error. Look, for example, at 1 Chronicles 17:16-18. David desired to build the Lord a house of worship and had been denied. Instead, God gave him, perhaps, a greater blessing: the promise of a perpetual kingdom and a reign through his offspring that would continue as long as Israel existed as a chosen people.
Whereas many would have sat and pouted because they didn’t get their way, David was overcome with awe and reverence for the greatness of God’s blessing. He was not allowed to build a house of worship (which was his heart’s desire) but he was able to see the blessing of submitting to God’s plans.
The shortcoming of many in the religious world today is the lack of David’s heart. While we remain imperfect, sinful and dependant upon God, we must be willing to submit to Him with a humble heart, even when it is not what we want but, perhaps, what is best in God’s plan. Our society injects us with a pride factor that is counter-productive to godly growth. Humility is not weakness but strength; anyone can easily give in to their lustful cravings but it takes a person of phenomenal fortitude to control the “self” and render it subjected to God.