After conquering the enemies around him, David's kingdom was the most powerful on earth at the time. His army was feared and respected. His country was at peace and prospered. He had wealth and lived in a comfortable palace. (2 Samuel 7:1-NIrV)
As the king David could probably have done anything he wanted to do. He could have built himself a summer home by the seashore. He could have planted more vineyards to make more money. He could have toured his kingdom to reassure himself that he was loved and respected.
But King David wanted to honor God. (2 Samuel 7:2 - "Then the king spoke to the prophet Nathan. He said, "Here I am, living in a palace that has beautiful cedar walls. But the ark of God remains in a tent." - NIrV) The Ark of the Covenant was a beautifully carved wooden box that represented God's presence and continued help. It had been stolen by enemies; David had rescued it and placed in the tent where the people worshiped God. Now he wanted to build a temple for the Lord and put the Ark there to be protected and honored by all the people.
He recognized that his responsibilities as king included leading the people in knowing and worshipping God.
Through his experiences David had learned to depend on God. He knew and respected God's word and even as king continued to learn and grow in a close relationship with God.
You are a leader too.
Even if you don't recognize it, you are influencing others. If you are an older brother or sister, someone is looking to you as an example.
What kind of leader do you want to be?
King David knew that being a good leader meant maintaining a close relationship with God and setting an example for others to follow.
By reading God's word, spending time alone with Him and doing what He says is right you will grow closer to Him and you will be setting an example for others to follow.
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