David’s Leadership Team (1 Chronicles). Dr. J.L. Williams JL, Patt & Friends www.JLwilliams.org. Introduction. There was a leadership crisis in the life of Israel; Saul had begun well as a leader – but was not ending well
Dr. J.L. WilliamsJL, Patt & Friendswww.JLwilliams.org
There was a leadership crisis in the life of Israel;
Saul had begun well as a leader – but was not ending well
He increasingly was proving to be a “man of the flesh” rather than a “man of the spirit.”
Because of his carnal leadership, God removed him from both life and leadership!
(I Sam. 13:14)
[Note: This is clearly O.T. “Covenant language”]
Note: David confidently marches directly toward his opposition! There is always opposition to leadership – and “strongholds” to be faced. So good leaders never run away from problems or they march toward them!
(There was immediate opposition from the Jebusites to David’s leadership. They said: “You will not get in here.” So David rose to the challenge. He did not flee or hide in fear from his opposition as Saul had done. Rather, he put the challenge before his followers):
Long before Saul died, his leadership had already died
Young David had already gained the hearts of the people as the real leader.
While Saul had lost the love and loyalty of the people, David had already become the “king of hearts!”
Saul had the position of leadership – but David had the power of leadership – because he had gained the hearts of the people
It was David’s “past performance” in battle that won their “present allegiance.” So true leadership is not the born in a vacuum
The people’s desire to “cut a blood covenant” with David showed their desire for someone to lead them
And God reminded David that his leadership was to be unlike that of Saul. He was to be a Shepherd-leader…a Servant-leader
Note: These 30 “mighty men” were David’s “Special Forces”…”Navy Seals”…”Green Berets!” They were his most “elite troops” – his “storm troopers” who took the lead in battle! They were the “point of the spear” of his military campaigns.
Note: Just like Jesus had his “inner circle” of Peter, James and John, David had his “inner circle” of Joab, Jashobeam, and Eleazar).
Note: Drawing, motivating and coordinating volunteers is one of the greatest challenges of leadership! It is far easier to work people who are salaried – than work people who are purely volunteers!
What we see David wisely doing here early in his reign is consensus building. Even though he is “God’s man” – he does not go rushing off to battle without first building consensus among the people. He gains as wide a base of support among the people as possible. The leader who does not take time to build consensus among his followers – soon has no followers!
Note also that David makes his “rallying point” a spiritual one: “Let us bring the ark of our God back to us…” (11:3). This reminds us that all great leaders begin with a spiritual cause.
So just like the Lord Jesus has his inner circle, David had the same. He had an inner circle of warriors through the “Three mighty men”; and an inner circle of wisdom through Jonathan, Ahithophel, and Hushai.
The question for every leader is: “Who is your inner circle of wise counselors?”
“Young minds are for war; old minds are for wisdom.”
So one of the first things David did was to called all of Israel together to re-institute the Levitical priesthood:
Note: There was a special group of Levites set aside to “handle the money” – a real problem area for most leaders! So David wisely set aside a group of treasurers to handle the money – especially God’s money related to the tabernacle.
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The minimum financial commitment for every Christian worker should be that of the Apostle Paul, when he wrote:
Note: There is very clear job descriptions for each worker!
Since Israel was more of a theocracy than a democracy, worship was central to the life of the nation. Worship was not a secondary, peripheral issue in Israel – it was the very heart of their national identity. Worship of the true and living God was the one thing that distinguished Israel from all of the nations that surrounded them. Therefore, worship was not the activity of a few spiritual fanatics -- but rather the privilege and responsibility of every person in the nation.
So to help keep the people focused on God, David set aside a special group of Levitical workers. They were to lead the people in worship – which was to permeate every aspect of their personal and national life. These worshipers were divided into the singers and the musicians.
Note: Each of the fathers were to mentor their sons in the ministry of music and in worship leading! This is a lesson that many of us fathers need to learn from today.
Note: Even though the worshipers were to lead the people of Israel in the praise and adoration of God, their worship was to result in missions and evangelism to the surrounding nations. In the psalm of thanks-giving that David wrote and committed to Asaph, there was a clear evangelistic thrust that was to spread to the entire world.
Just as was the case with the warriors, wise, workers, and worshipers – the watchers were also divided into two groups. There were the gatekeepers and the doorkeepers. Let’s look at each individually…
First of all, David was successful because he was called and anointed by God. That is the starting point for all authentic Christian leadership.
Secondly, he was successful because he had a heart after the heart of God. That did not keep him from sinning gravely…failing miserably…making great mistakes. Like every other Christian leader, David was a sinner constantly in need of God’s mercy and grace! But all of his life he remained open to God – and repented in humility when he had sinned and failed. That was the heart attitude that pleased God.
Thirdly, David drew around himself a diverse group of supporters. Some were very much like him – such as the warriors and musicians; others were very different from him – like many of his counselors. A good leader needs to surround himself with a healthy mix of different kinds of people – people who have different personalities…different talents…different spiritual gifts…different experiences…different perspectives.
Fourthly, David drew the right kind of people at the right time during his reign. In the early days when he was consolidating his kingdom, he needed warriors to go to battle with him and fight the enemies . To establish his kingdom, he needed a lot of wisdom to establish his kingdom on Godly principles. To help his kingdom grow and meet the diverse needs of his people, he needed many different kinds of workers. To safe-guard the spiritual heart of his kingdom, he needed many worshipers to keep the things of God before the people. To guard against the infiltration and corruption of his kingdom, David needed strategically placed watchers – the gatekeepers and doorkeepers of the spiritual and physical families. And finally, to accomplish all that God raised him up to do, David needed a lot of wealth. So God blessed him with personal wealth and national wealth.
“The Lord gave David victory everywhere he went.
David reigned over all Israel,
doing what was just and right for all his people”
(I Chron. 18:13-14)
“David son of Jesse was king over all Israel. He ruled over Israel forty years…He died at a good old age,Having enjoyed long life, wealth and honor.His son Solomon succeeded himas king”
(I Chron. 29:26—28)