Read 2 Samuel 10:1-19

David acted swiftly when threatened by his enemies.

v 17.   When David heard what was happening, he mobilized all Israel, crossed the Jordan River, and led the army to Helam.

The threat to Israel was serious – there were strong enemies prepared to do battle with them and claim their territory. David shows his mettle by leading the army himself. He was not an armchair General, directing troops from the security of his citadel. He was right upfront in the mobilisation of the army, and then in the battle itself. He was a leader so united with his people that he was willing to risk all with them in pitched battle.

That is effective leadership; you don’t win respect and unity in an organisation unless you are willing to get your hands dirty with those in your care.  I’m always wary of leadership that talks the ‘I’m in charge ..’ language; much better the ‘I look after and work with ..’ approach. It makes for greater and more effective unity in any organisation. David knew that as he identified with his troops in the battle that ensued. His efforts to unite the nation under his leadership worked well. There were moments when he seemed to falter, such as when his son Absalom rebelled, (2 Samuel 15), but for the rest of his reign we read of David’s military and social success.

Friday 23rd July Daily Notes from The Hub