When you hear the name "King David," what comes to mind? Stop reading and start making a list of things that come to mind. Then, let's do a quick comparison to see what we have in common:
You could absolutely considered David a political, personal, and professional success. He did conquer the kings around Israel and brought peace to the land. He was granted the Davidic covenant by God meaning that the Messiah and future King of Kings would be part of his dynasty. With these wonderful successes, David also experienced catastrophic failures. He was an adulterer with Bathsheba, a murderer by having Urijah killed to cover the adultery, and a boaster in numbering the people to see all the he accomplished. In each sin, David's choices cost other people dearly. This example is a life lesson for us - while you make make a bad choice, you do not get to choose its consequence.
David, in being crowned king, needed to unite the nation. We can trace what he did in 2 Samuel 2, 3, and 4 where Saul's last remaining son had a short reign as I mention in this blog entry. David then forged alliances because of his tremendous reputation and his armies in battle (see 2 Samuel 5 for a description of Hiram the King of Tyre). With battles being won and nations leaving Israel alone, he wanted to create a place for God - the Temple - to make it central for all of Israel (see 2 Samuel 7).
The most important part of David as an example about being a "Builder" in both life and leadership takes us to the book of Psalms. He authored the longest book of the Bible that includes the longest chapter of the Bible. These "poems of praise" are a treasure trove of information for us in that they reveal the gold that can be unearthed by thinking time. David pondered the wonder of the world and then wrote about it (something we should also do). David took his experience and evaluated it so that he could learn (ahem...something we should also do). David even recorded his confessions and how that lead to personal change. The Psalms is an intensely personal book - a glimpse into his heart and mind - that really shows us who he was as a person. It is clear that how he lead came from how he lived.
David, as a Builder, teaches us 3 important lessons:
As a person and leader, how are you building others? I'm not just talking about in the here and now but want you to think longer term. How are you going to leave a lasting legacy? The answer is astoundingly simple - writing. Purchase a journal and write so that your spouse or children will have a collection of your thoughts after you are gone. Create a blog and write for the world at large to learn from you. Record podcasts that share the lessons you have learned with others. If you want to build others, it is going to take time and effort but - more than anything else - it requires the right relationship with God.
Your responsibility to the next generation is to help them see the truth by hearing the truth; so, how well do you see and hear the truth daily?