Notes from the Journey with David – 106

106. Now go out and encourage your men (2 Samuel 19:7).
This piece of the story reveals a lot about Joab and David’s relationship at this point in their lives. Joab seems to be barking orders to the king, making demands of him to stir him out of his depression. But on this occasion, Joab is correct. David’s men have risked much to save him and his kingdom and David’s non-stop grieving over Absalom isn’t the appreciation they deserve. David’s failure is not in grieving his son, but in selfishly failing to acknowledge the sacrifice of his men by being so focused on how these events affect him. The leader must maintain an awareness of the emotional state of those he leads and take the needed steps to care for his people–even if at times he must turn from his own personal feelings to do so.

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