v 12. David realized that the Lord had confirmed him as king over Israel and had blessed his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.
This was a major moment of realisation for David – God was confirming his Kingship for the sake of the nation. It was not a matter of elevating David’s status in people’s eyes for his own popularity, but it was for the sake of the nation – God’s whole people.
I can well imagine a lesser person today putting a smiling selfie on Instagram (The ME, ME, ME channel!) with the comment ‘I’m King at last!’ David on the other hand saw God in it all, and now realised his full responsibility to rule for the benefit of others.
Isn’t that what leadership is all about – adding benefit to the lives of others?
Any other view of leadership is selfish and a delusion. That applies in every situation whether work, church, sport, or family. In fact, whatever gift God has given you it is always for the benefit of others. Here it is in Romans 12 where Paul writes ‘In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. ‘
All gifts, including leadership, are intended to benefit others.