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The Heart of a Good Leader

Psalms 101:1-8 :

A Psalm by David.

I will sing of loving kindness and justice.
To you, Yahweh, I will sing praises.
I will be careful to live a blameless life.
When will you come to me?
I will walk within my house with a blameless heart.
I will set no vile thing before my eyes.
I hate the deeds of faithless men.
They will not cling to me.
A perverse heart will be far from me.
I will have nothing to do with evil.
I will silence whoever secretly slanders his neighbor.
I won’t tolerate one who is arrogant and conceited.
My eyes will be on the faithful of the land,
that they may dwell with me.
He who walks in a perfect way,
he will serve me.
He who practices deceit won’t dwell within my house.
He who speaks falsehood won’t be established before my eyes.
Morning by morning, I will destroy all the wicked of the land,
to cut off all the workers of iniquity from Yahweh’s city.

David was a leader and God recorded David's leadership attitude here in this song for all the world to see. If we want to know how to be good leaders, this song gives us a wealth of information. This isn't just for government officials. It's for leaders of all kinds including parents.

David starts by telling us that he recognized God as being both kind and just. This tells us where justice comes from. God defines what is right and if we wish to lead others we must know where to find the rules. They come from God and only God.

Next, David commits himself to a "blameless life." He says that he will not choose to even look at bad things. David also hates something. He hates the ways of faithless men and he swears to have nothing to do with any kind of evil. I especially love how David said that he would walk around in his house with a blameless heart. Even in the secret places of his own house, he committed himself to do with is right.

Tolerance has become a popular word among leaders today. David was intent on being intolerant. He said he will not tolerate those who slander, or who are arrogant and conceited. He chose to select men based on their faithfulness and godly maturity. He not only committed to removing the liars from his own presence, but he intended to "destroy all the wicked of the land""morning by morning."

This is a real challenge to us all. If we want to be successful leaders, we need to do what a successful leader like David did, as God Himself clearly recorded for us here in the Bible.

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