David’s Mighty Men

Today I want to encourage you to be a mighty man and raise up the next generation of leaders. It has never been harder than in this generation which is facing so many challenges. Let me point you to a passage in Scripture that shows the kind of leaders this generation needs. I 1 Chronicles 16 we see David and his mighty men.

1 Chronicles 16:1-19

Then all Israel gathered together to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. In times past, even when Saul was king, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord your God said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over my people Israel.’” So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the Lord by Samuel.

And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, that is, Jebus, where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, “You will not come in here.” Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. David said, “Whoever strikes the Jebusites first shall be chief and commander.” And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, so he became chief. And David lived in the stronghold; therefore it was called the city of David. And he built the city all around from the Millo in complete circuit, and Joab repaired the rest of the city. And David became greater and greater, for the Lord of hosts was with him.

Now these are the chiefs of David’s mighty men, who gave him strong support in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel. This is an account of David’s mighty men: Jashobeam, a Hachmonite, was chief of the three. He wielded his spear against 300 whom he killed at one time.

And next to him among the three mighty men was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite. He 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. And the Lord saved them by a great victory.

Three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David at the cave of Adullam, when the army of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then at Bethlehem. And David 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 of Bethlehem that was by the gate and took it and brought it to David. But David would not drink it. He poured it out to the Lord and said, “Far be it from me before my God that I should do this. Shall I drink the lifeblood of these men? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.” Therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men.

When I think about the way the Bible describes David it gets me excited, because that is the way I want to be, a man after God’s own heart. As you guys know, David was known for a lot of great things. He slew Goliath to deliver God’s people Israel. He didn’t kill Saul when he had the opportunity but trusted in God to deliver him.

I love this story here in Chronicles. David is nearing the end of his life and once again is at war with the Philistines defending Zion and the covenant people of God. And it says David had a craving for water from the well of Behlehem.

Then we see three of David’s mighty men rise to the ocassion. David had some incredible men around him. They had killed hundreds in battle. These men broke through the lines of the enemy and drew water from the well. They fought their way back to David and offered him the water. In response to their sacrifice, David poured out the water from the well of Bethlehem as an act of worship.

Guys, I want you to be that type of man who will risk your life to serve the Master. In a day where so many are struggling with relationships, integrity, and their character. I want you to be willing to listen to the voice of your Master. The craving of your Master is that you would be willing to risk your life to break the ranks of the enemy, to break the ranks of the norm in order to fight for your savior Jesus Christ. His craving is that your character would be one where you do not waiver between two opinions but you would do what is right.

When David had that water he poured it out as an offering in response to the sacrifice and service of his mighty men. This is true worship.

Why did God create me? To be a true worshiper.

John 4:23

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.

How do we be a true worshiper? We let our live be exemplified by the fruit of the Spirit.

Love

Joy

Peace

Patience

Kindness

Goodness

Faithfulness

Gentleness

Self-Control

My prayer for you today is that you would truly be mighty men. I pray you would run and break the ranks of the enemy in service of your King. That your lives may be poured out as a drink offering in true worship.

Keith Chancey is the President of the Kanakuk Institute and graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary.

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