Leadership Lessons from King David part iii
Depend on God for Direction
One thing you’ll notice about David is that his relationship with God is central to his life. He loves God with all of his heart and this relationship with God is his priority above all other things. He loves to worship God as well as to pour out his heart to God, no matter what is happening in his life (just read the Psalms). We need to do the same.
David made his relationship with God central to his life. He valued the presence of God, hence his efforts to get the Ark of the Covenant back into Jerusalem (2 Sam.6:1-23). He valued God’s presence and was a passionate worshipper of God. He recognised the great value of the ark as the earthly throne of the God of Israel. He wanted to acknowledge the Lord’s kingship and rule over both himself and the people by restoring the ark to a place of prominence in the nation.
As you read the story of David, you will frequently see phrases such as “David enquired of the Lord.” 1 Sam 23:1-4. When David was told, "Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing-floors," he enquired of the Lord, saying, "Shall I go and attack these Philistines?" The Lord answered him, "Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah." But David's men said to him, "Here in Judah we are afraid. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the Philistine forces!" Once again David enquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him, "Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand." NIV
David was committed to hearing from God and knowing his will. He listened to messages through other people (whether prophets or priests). He also prayed and sought God personally. David’s whole life was about listening to God and then obeying. That’s why he was a man after God’s own heart, some who would do all God’s will.
In contrast, Saul did his own thing and did not take time to listen to the Lord’s instructions. Even when he did receive them, he did not carry them out fully.
Example : Married couples often have children out of the intimacy of their relationship. Babies are a gift from God but often they can take up so much time and attention that married couples neglect their own intimacy of relationship. The same can happen in our relationship with God. Out of our intimacy with him he births vision and ministry ideas into our spirit. If we are not careful, we can become so busy looking after our ministries and pursuing our vision, that we forget our intimacy of relationship with God.
How are you and God doing right now?