Thursday, September 27, 2012

2 Sam 23: David's Leadership Assets


2 Sam 23:1-4 The oracle of David, the son of Jesse, the oracle of the man who was raised on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, the sweet psalmist of Israel: "The Spirit of the Lord speaks by me; his word is on my tongue. 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.
2 Sam 23:8-39 These are the names of the mighty men whom David had...thirty-seven in all. 

David's leadership assets are two-dimensional: the first with respect to his relationship with God and the second with respect to his relationship with his men. Leadership is a team effort that requires the divine and the human:
  1. Leadership Asset 1 - David was "anointed of the God": David is man anointed by the Spirit: "the Spirit of the Lord speaks by me". The Holy Spirit is not given just for "ministry" leadership but, in David's case, for all  aspects of kingly leadership - spiritual, military and political. Those who are working 9-5 in the "secular" workplaces are as much in need of the Holy Spirit as the "full-time" pastoral ministry staff who work inside the church. Without the Spirit, we cannot exercise spiritual leadership--we will be left only with human wisdom rather than divine wisdom & revelation so necessary in uncertain times and ever changing environment: "I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better" (Ephesians 1:17)
  2. Leadership Asset 2 - David was "sweet psalmist of Israel": David is a worshiper. He has learned how to minister to God in songs of praise and worship. Worship attracts the Presence of God and allows Him to work alongside us. Lack of worship (praise & worship) repels the Spirit of God. But worship is not just something we do on weekends, as Ken Costa said at the KL Alpha Workplace Conference last week, "Our workstation must be our worship station!" It's an attitude of praise and thanksgiving in every situation, especially in the midst of the high-pressured work environment we spend most of our days on weekdays. Worship is not what we do on weekends when we don't have to work. Instead, worship is what we do when we work, because that was how David worshiped--hardly ever in the temple at Jerusalem but most times in the midst of shepherding sheep when he was young and in the battlefields as military commander and king.
  3. Leadership Asset 3 - David's rule was just: David's third asset is his God-centred character. He is a man constrained by the principle of divine justice and by the fear of God: "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" (2 Sam 23:3,4). Christians in the workplaces who is Spirit-filled and turn their workstations into worship stations are also men and women who lead by principles of justice and fear of the Lord.
  4. Leadership Asset 4 - David's mighty men: David's fourth asset is his "mighty men" - all 37 of them. No single leader has all the gifts to succeed. Spiritual leadership is a team effort. It needs others with differing gifts to work together to make leadership work. David has his 37 mighty men who are loyal to him. The first challenge of leadership is rounding up a team of "mighty men" (and mighty women) who are absolutely committed to the vision and mission of our work & ministry. Leadership is letting loose this mighty men and women to work on behalf our vision received from God through His Holy Spirit. 
PRAYER: Father, may we be men and women who are filled with the Spirit, who turn our workstations into worship stations and who surround ourselves with mighty men and women who are totally committed to the vision and mission You have given us by Your Spirit. Amen.

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