The Joy of Doing Your Part

“Now these are the chiefs of David’s mighty men, who gave him strong support in his kingdom, to make him king… Eleazar was with David at Pas-dammim when the Philistines were gathered there for battle. There was a plot of ground full of barley, and the men fled from the Philistines. But he took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it and killed the Philistines… David was then in the stronghold, and… said longingly, ‘Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!’ Then the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water out of the well… and took it and brought it to David… at the risk of their lives. 

“The Spirit clothed Amasai, and he said, ‘We are yours, O David, and with you! For your God helps you.’ They helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor and were commanders in the army… From day to day men came to David to help him, until there was a great army, like an army of God… [There were] men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; seasoned troops, equipped for battle with all the weapons of war, to help David with singleness of purpose; commanders with men armed with shield and spear; troops ready for battle. All these, men of war, arrayed in battle order, came to Hebron with a whole heart to make David king over all Israel. Likewise, all the rest of Israel were of a single mind to make David king… And they were there with David for three days, eating and drinking, for their brothers had made preparation for them. And also their relatives, from as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, came bringing food on donkeys and on camels and on mules and on oxen, abundant provisions of flour, cakes of figs, clusters of raisins, and wine and oil, oxen and sheep, for there was joy in Israel.” 1 Chronicles 11:10,12-14,16-19; 12:18,21-22,32-34,36,38-40

Almighty God had promised to make David king, and He, in beautiful order, brought all the necessary parts and people together to make it happen. The sovereign Master anointed mighty men of valor with specific gifts of intellect, perception, agility, courage, strength, a willing spirit of unselfish cooperation, and He appointed each to his place to bring about His plans. The result was a humbled, grateful, effective ruler with unified support, people in place working for the good of the whole, and great joy at the realization that God’s purposes were being achieved with His blessing and favor. (1 Samuel 16:1,12-13)

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Whom has God called me to support, and how? What messages, bravery, resources, manual labor, talent am I contributing to bolster another’s position of leadership? Whether I offer physical respite or verbal defense of a reputation, loving encouragement or raisin cakes, I can and should actively serve and build up those God has called to lead.

Father, make me eager and bold to do my part in Your kingdom. Give me acuity, creativity, and gumption to come alongside and bless those You call to lonely places of great responsibility. And may Your joy and glory abound.

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