We live in an age of little men who should be big. Men who should know better, who should act with a generosity of heart and spirit. Instead we live with leaders who are small minded, petty and vindictive and who produce church members who are of similar vein.
David was a leader of men. If you read of Saul’s leadership, his insecurities, his fear of man, his small heart and mind, it becomes very clear as you see David developing that here is a different quality of man, one who stands tall in the greatness and goodness of God.
1 Samuel 30 tells of how the families of David and all his men had been taken captive by Amalekite raiders. They pursued and defeated them retaking their wives, children and possessions as well as much plunder. During the pursuit 200 of David’s men had become so tired they could go no further and had been left to recover. As those who had fought were reunited with those who had been weak this happens;
21Then David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to follow David, and who had been left at the brook Besor. And they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him. And when David came near to the people he greeted them. 22Then all the wicked and worthless fellows among the men who had gone with David said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except that each man may lead away his wife and children, and depart.” 23But David said, “You shall not do so, my brothers, with what the LORD has given us. He has preserved us and given into our hand the band that came against us. 24Who would listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down into the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage. They shall share alike.” 25And he made it a statute and a rule for Israel from that day forward to this day.
I want to walk with men and women of such a heart. Who are prepared to overlook weakness. Who lift people up and don’t readily tear down. Who seek unity and fairness. Who have a large and generous heart.