Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; Thus says the man raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel: "The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue. The God
of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: He who rules over men must be just, Ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, Like the tender grass springing out of the earth, By
clear shining after rain.'
Fridays with David
The chapter begins by introducing these words as David's final statements. These are the summary ideas of his life. In this statement, David has clearly learned that doing what is right is the key to great leadership. God blesses when we act in righteousness.
He has established the world in a sowing-reaping pattern that brings good consequences to good choices.
David has learned that his private indiscretions can compromise his public leadership. He has learned that when he and God are in close communication, his battlefield successes grow and his kingdom expands. God rewards the righteous and gives him a place
of leadership greater than he can earn in his own wisdom.
Of course, David had moments where he failed to live by the wisdom life had taught him. It seems tragic to know truth, but choose to put confidence in other ideas, and we can make the same mistake. We wonder at the why of his off-target choices, and can
learn the wisdom of living by what God has shown us.
The great questions for us ask what we have come to know about God and whether or not we are living by what we have learned.
---Dr. Mike Clarensau serves as Senior Director of the Healthy Church Network.
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