David has been one of my heroes for as long as I remember — little guy slays big Goliath. That’s what got my attention as a kid. Later, the “man after God’s own heart” description of David captured my heart. (1 Samuel 13:14 and Acts 13:22)
In my love and appreciation for David I had forgotten these words from Scripture:
“David left there and escaped to the cave of Adullam; when his brothers and all his father’s house heard of it, they went down there to him. Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them. Those who were with him numbered about four hundred.” (1 Samuel 22:1-2)
The distressed, those in debt, and the discontented gathered to him. It sounds like his great-great-great-great…-grandson, Jesus. David was a man after God’s own heart, and Jesus was the “only begotten son of God.”
It seems that when we become more like Christ and become people after God’s own heart, then those in distress, in debt, and discontented will come to us, as well. I hope we will be like Jesus and David and welcome them, help them, and give them means to serve.