Monday, April 16, 2012

learn from David

After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.'

There are so many things we can learn from David.  He was anointed king when he was very young but didn’t become king for several years.  During that time there was extensive turmoil around his life.  He was running for fear of his being killed some of the time.  He fought wars.  But before that time he learned how to care for simple sheep.

This past week I spent time reading through the Old Testament where it talked about David.  There are a few notes that have stuck out to me that I’d like to share with you.  These are “big ticket leadership notes” that may help us as we get the chance to lead others.

1 --- David was doing what was expected of him when others expected him not to be the one God chose as king.  Being a shepherd was his place in the family.  From what we learn in other parts of scripture, David was a pretty good shepherd.

2 --- David was not perfect but was humble.  Several times David screwed up, some were big screw-ups that impacted lots of people, but David was honest about them.  We need to be transparent and honest.

3 --- David had the opportunity to kill King Saul when Saul was trying to kill David.  Yet it was David’s choice to honor Saul and let God deal with him.  This proved to be an honorable move.

4 --- David knew that friendships are key.  He honored Jonathan, Saul’s son.  We need each other in big ways.

5 --- David was passionate about God.  This showed early in his life when the giant Goliath was mocking God.  David was willing to face something or someone much bigger than himself for the cause of God.

That is just 5 small pieces of my notes from David’s life.  I will share more later, but I pray that I will learn to be who God made me to be, to be honest especially where I am weak or wrong, to honor those around me, to be a great friend and to put God first in everything.

Leading isn’t easy.  But leading God’s way is always right!

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.

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