2 Samuel 6
Notes on Leadership
LEADERSHIP - 1). David gathered together 30,000 chosen men to help him carry the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem where it belonged. (v.1) He must have had a great system of leaders in place to locate these chosen men, men of good standing, leadership, and honor. David had a large group of people following him and loyal to him. His network was strong and his group was large because he was a great leader. 2). Uzzah and Ahio guided the cart with the Ark of the Covenant. (v.3) They were Abinadab’s sons and they had cared for the Ark while it was left and forgotten at their home. David honored them by allowing them to continue taking care of the Ark on it’s trip to Jerusalem, in front of the entire nation. God honored them in public for their faithfulness in secret. 3). David and the whole nation worshipped God with all their might on the journey. (v.5) The whole nation followed their leader in worship. If we want our people to worship and love God, or do anything in honor of God, we must lead the way and do it first. They will follow our lead. The nation worshipped because David was their worship leader. 4). David led the procession into Jerusalem, and the entire nation worshipped with shouts and instruments. (v.14) David led the way. He wasn’t in the back waiting to get up and give a speech, he led the worship of God. Leaders should always lead the way in whatever they do.
LEADERSHIP - 1). David blessed the people. (v.18) He honored them for their worship of God. When we see our people doing things right, we need to compliment and reward them, blessing them for their obedience and growth. When David blessed them, it made them want to worship even more. 2). David blessed the people after he sacrificed his final burnt offerings to God. (v.18) Because he put God first, it increased the value of his blessing to the people. They knew they were being blessed by someone who was right with God. When we follow God with all of our hearts, people will want to follow us even more. 3). David went to bless his family, and Michal came out to scorn him. (v.20) She ruined the blessing because of her attitude. It must have crushed David to know that he sent everyone home to bless their families, and yet he was unable to do so. He had led the nation in worship, but he couldn’t lead his family in worship as well because of her attitude. We don’t want to win the world and lose our families. We must do all that God tells us to do, but our families will always be a part of that call as well. Sometimes, as leaders, we will be successful in public, but struggle in private. We must do all we can to make the two match up for the Glory of God. 4). David worshipped the One who was responsible for his leadership position. (v.21) He knew that no man had put him where he was, it was an act of God. So David worshipped the One who made him who he was. We are leaders only because God saw fit to make us that way, and we always should remain loyal to Him.