Notes from the Journey with David – 43

43. David…ordered that the men of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (2 Samuel 1:18).
David’s desire to honor his predecessor takes shape in teaching his men to honor him as well. His lament for Saul and Jonathan demonstrates respect for these leaders and highlights the finest of their exploits. So many leaders stand on the back of those who criticize their predecessors, and they pay a long-term price for such immaturity. By their actions, these teach their men traits that are opposite to those David has taught his men. Then these men suffer a diminished integrity that will rise in moments that are inconvenient for their new leader. Favorable comparisons to one’s predecessor is a leadership gain that seldom lasts for long. The wise leader teaches those who follow how to honor the efforts of those who have led before. Those seeds will bring a valuable harvest someday.

One thought on “Notes from the Journey with David – 43

  • December 28, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Great word about honor. Love your stuff Mike!


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