By Oke Chinye
Read: 1 Chronicles 11 & 13
“Then all Israel came together to David at Hebron saying, “indeed we are your bone and your flesh” (1 Chronicles 11:1).
avid was a very competent leader. Psalm 78:72 says that he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands. From shepherd boy to poet, giant killer, and then king, he was skilled and excellent at what he did. Excellence does not occur by happenstance, it takes practice, diligence, and commitment. Ecclesiastes 10:10 says” if the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success”.
He had a great reputation. The people came willingly to him and volunteered to serve. Even those who were previously in Saul’s camp as well as some of his kinsmen defected to David’s camp. And he received every one of them. Proverbs 22:1 says, “a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold”. What do the people you lead think of you?
David was a lover and worshipper of God. One time, he danced before the Lord with all his might; wearing a linen ephod and leaping and whirling, so much so that his wife Michal, accused him of uncovering in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows (2 Samuel 6:14-20).
He was a generous King who gave willingly to those he led and to God. When offered a free land upon which to offer sacrifices to God, he insisted on buying it from the owner saying, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing” (2 Samuel 24:24). He bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. The bible says the liberal soul shall be made fat (Proverbs 11:25)
David was quick to own up to his mistakes and ask God for mercy. Great leaders are human, they can fail sometimes. Their greatness lies in owning up to their errors and asking forgiveness from whoever they have offended. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). Want to be a great leader? Eschew pride and embrace humility.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Pst (Mrs) Oke Chinye, Founder of The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM).
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