LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM KING DAVID: WORSHIP

Max Dawson

We will close our brief series about David, the man after God's own heart, with today's offering. Integrity, faith, courage, trust, and humility--those are all admirable qualities. And David had each of those to a high degree. But a man might have some of those things and never please God. Good qualities are good--but a leader must be a worshipper of God.

I think one of the dangers of being a leader in God's kingdom is that we might see ourselves as worship leaders--yet fail to personally worship God within our own hearts. We might see ourselves as teachers, song leaders, or prayer leaders, helping others to worship. And that is all good, but if we are only leading others, while being personally detached from worship, it is not worship at all. We may look at our service as merely a job. "When we have done our job, we have fulfilled our purpose." God has much higher expectations of us than that.

David was a true worshipper. And, while he led others in worship (writing more than eighty Psalms), David always maintained a personal fervor in worship. You cannot read the Psalms and conclude otherwise. His writings exude a passion for God. Here are some examples:

"Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up" (Psalm 5:1-3).

"Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness" (Psalm 29:1-2).

"Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand" (Psalm 95:6-7).

Reading and studying about David's life does a couple of things for us: 1) It shows us why he was called "a man after God's own heart"; 2) It shows us the qualities and characteristics we should look for in our own lives as we serve (and lead others to serve) the Lord Jesus.

It is an understatement to say that Jesus was "a man after God's own heart." Jesus was so much like David in a multitude of ways. He fulfilled all the prophecies of the Old Testament that spoke of a future "David" (examples: Isaiah 22:22; Ezekiel 37:24; Psalm 16:8-11). If David worshiped God with a passion, then how much more Jesus? And if we are Jesus' followers, so must we be true worshipers, even with our inadequacies.

Kingdom leaders must worship God in Spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). Let us examine our own hearts, and if we need to make changes, let us do so. Let us cultivate hearts for God. God will be pleased with us, and we will be better worshipers and better leaders for it.