1 Hezekiah was 25 years old when he became king; he reigned 29 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. 2 He did what was right in the LORD’s sight just as his ancestor David had done. – 2 Chronicles 29:1-2
The Bible is pretty straightforward at times. In the records of the kings of Israel, each one is compared in this same manner to David, the man after God’s own heart. One might think it would be hard to live up to such an example if you just listen to the descriptive; but if you remember David’s life, you understand that being a man after God’s own heart isn’t about perfection. David sinned and he sinned big; but he was repentant and humble in the face of conviction. The Bible says it this way, actually these are the words of David when he repented from the mess he had made in sinning with Bathsheba:
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. – Psalm 51:17
Want to be a man (or woman) after God’s own heart and do what is right in the Lord’s sight? It starts with this attitude and confession. God will not despise those who are humble and seek His face.