Saturday, October 4, 2014

David's Last Words for Leaders

READ 2 Samuel 23-24

“The last words of David” refer to a song (psalm) that is evidently the last one written by David. Notice these words: “The God of Israel has spoken; the Rock of Israel has said to me: When one rules justly over men, ruling in the fear of God, he dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.” (23:3-4)

Let’s take a lesson of biblical leadership from these words. If one is going to lead he should do so “in the fear of God.” To do something in the fear of God means to do it from a deep understanding of exactly who God is and from deep reverence for the Lord and a holy desire to honor the Lord in all he does and never bring shame on His name. What a lesson for those of us who lead!

And reality is that almost everyone of us leads something. We lead in church, a class, a ministry or in our vocations. And don’t forget that most crucial place of leadership… in our homes. So, men, let’s lead “in the fear of God.” Let’s purpose that our leadership will bring honor and glory to the Lord through the loving, servant-minded way that we lead.

Prayer: Father, help us as leaders to lead reverently, humbly, as grateful servants who love you and want to please you. Give us the strength to lead and the grace to lead that will reflect your power and your grace to those whom we lead.

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