THEME: LEADERSHIP AFTER GOD’S HEART
2 Samuel 2:4
“Then the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, “The men of Jabesh Gilead were the ones who buried Saul.”
To become a leader after God’s heart, we need to have faith in God. David showed that he had faith in God. He believed that God was in control. God had promised that David would be king, though he wasn’t king yet. Even though he had two opportunities to kill king Saul, he trusted in God’s faithfulness and waited for his appointed time. He waited for approximately fifteen years after he was first anointed by Samuel, for king Saul to die and inherit the kingdom.David trusted that God would continue to keep His promises, that He is never late. Even during our weakest point, we are called to trust God for when we are weak then we strong for Christ’s power is made manifest through us.
This week we have covers leadership after Gods own heart with an example of King David. The Bible records events of God choosing David a leader after His heart twice (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22). Firstly, David was obedient to the statutes of the Lord. As opposed to Saul who was more concerned with offering sacrifices, David was devoted to the law of the Lord (1 Samuel 15:20-22). Therefore a leader after God’s heart fears the Lord and does His will, and God the Holy Trinity comes and forms a home with him/her (John 14:23). Secondly, David enquired of the Lord before going for battle. When the Amalekites had taken their wives, children and valuables, David and his men went against them and conquered. As opposed to the popular option to keep for themselves what they had gained from the Amalekites camp, David was willing to share with the entire Judah (1 Samuel 30:22-25). A leader after God’s heart is not corrupt and shares resources equally. Thirdly, king David realized that he is a sinner and repented. When he took Uriah’s wife and orchestrated his death, he asked for mercy from the Lord (2 Samuel 11:4-5). He was also devoted to worship and prayed to God, and appointed worship leaders (1 Chronicles 16:7-43). David was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he did not desire to grieve Him. A leader after God’s heart is filled and guided by the Holy Spirit. Fourthly, king David was bold and courageous. When he went to deliver food to his elder brothers in the battle field, David heard Goliath insulting the Israelites and they were all afraid. He took the bold step and destroyed the uncircumcised giant, giving honor to God. Last but not least, king David had faith in God, and knew that He is a promise keeper and He would deliver him from all troubles. In our own lives, we are called to apply these leadership traits and we will have victory in our affairs. As we elect leaders, we should look for a man or woman after God’s own heart.
We give thanks to You Lord and continually call on Your name. Only You are great and greatly to be praised. We worship You Lord and make know Your accomplishments among the nations. We sing to You Lord and tell of Your miraculous deeds, and boast of Your holy name. We rejoice in You dear Jesus for we know You are turning our mourning to dancing. We celebrate Your name Ebenezer for You have done great deeds in our lives. We love You Lord, may You form our hearts that we be drawn to Your own heart. May You teach us to trust in You in all situations, and increase our faith. May You deliver us from all evil and make us courageous in all circumstances. May You fight for us all our battles and make us fruitful. Help us to share with the less fortunate and may You deliver all the street children from their trouble merciful Savior. May You forgive us all our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and wash us with Your precious blood. May You train our hearts to delight in You always Lord and fill our hearts with rejoicing. May You bless us and keep us Lord. May You shine Your face upon us and be gracious to us. May You turn Your countenance towards us and give us Peace. Amen.
Further reading: Psalm 31:14-15, 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
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