I’ve missed a few Jesse tree days:
To me, David is one of the most compelling characters in the Bible. He’s a hero, but a flawed one; a complicated, passionate, emotional, clever man – driven into one crisis after another because he leads with his heart. He is a man who loves: his brothers, Saul, Jonathan, one wife after another, Bathsheba, his children, his friends. For all of that, he was an adulterer, a liar, and a murderer. But though he forgets, strays, stumbles, one love remains the defining feature of his life: his love for God. However often he sinned, he always repented; he always returned to that first great Love.
And it is this that makes him fit to found the royal line that will culminate to the manger in Bethlehem; not his perfect attention to God’s law, not his prowess in battle, or his kingly wisdom. It is love that makes him a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).