Leadership Lesson from a King


David’s integrity before God was his strongest weapon during those years of persecution from Saul. He reflects on that time in Psalm 18:

But the Lord was my support.

He also brought me out into a broad place;

He delivered me because He delighted in me.

The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;

According to the cleanness of my hands

He has recompensed me.

In this Psalm he talks about God’s deliverance and how God delighted in him. Why? Because of David’s righteousness, and his clean hands. This phrase means blameless, innocent and free from punishment. God used David’s personal integrity to help him remain calm and totally trusting in God’s grace and will during this crisis. David took the higher road while Saul chose the lower. God blessed David’s choice while Saul suffered because of his choices.

David understood that you cannot control what people do to you, but you can control what you do with God. David’s integrity led him to have confidence that God would deliver him from his enemy. The verb “delighted” used in verse nineteen means to “keep or protect or to have pleasure in.” David is the chosen king and a man after God’s own heart. His integrity and choice to seek God’s direction for his life hold him securely even under intense pressure.

Had Saul repented and yielded himself to the Lord, he would have saved himself and his family a great deal of sorrow and difficulty. Instead Saul and his family suffered pain and anguish. Saul could have taken the higher road, but he refused. He kept focusing on himself and the knee-jerk emotions of pride and jealousy. The Lord gave David both his presence and his power. David responded with integrity and was rewarded.


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