David’s model of leadership
“He also chose David His servant, and took him from the sheepfolds; from following the ewes that had young He brought him, to shepherd Jacob His people, and Israel His inheritance. So he [David] shepherded them according to the integrity of His heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.” Psalm 78:70-72, NKJV
God chose David and took him out of relative obscurity, giving him responsibility for the whole nation of Israel. That last verse speaks of how David handled the burden he’d been given – having a heart passionate and honest towards God, and training his natural abilities as best he could. He led the nation of Israel through character and creativity. And even though he made some major errors, God still saw him as having a heart after His own, and honoured him long after he passed away.
When Solomon took over as king the one thing he asked God for – and God would have given him anything – was wisdom so that he could lead the people of Israel well. He understood the burden of leading people and knew that he needed more than he had in himself to do it (2 Chronicles 1:10).
We also are called and chosen to lead people, and with that calling comes God’s burden for His people – love, mercy and purpose. Without God’s help we will revert to rules and ceremony to help us carry that burden – same if our heart is not humbled, submitted and passionate for Him. Without love, mercy and purpose we rely on people to meet our needs, get frustrated when they don’t, and become disheartened when it gets hard.
But through David’s model of character and creativity, we find that God is able to incredible things through limited resources; we see potential and opportunity, rather than lack or a brick wall, because our eyes are on God and not on ourselves.