Wisconsin Lutheran College
ADU-302 Servant Leadership
King David was an extremely influential person in the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic doctrine and will always be considered a pillar in the foundation of all three cultures. King David was known for being “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). He has been portrayed as not only a righteous King, but as a shepherd, noble warrior and poet as well. He is accredited with many of the psalms in the Holy Bible and is best known for reuniting the people of Israel.
Character Traits Displayed by David
David was born the youngest child of Jesse, a descendant from the tribe of Judah. Being the youngest child, David …show more content…
David’s battle against Goliath is undeniably a defining moment in David’s life and from that point his life gained momentum with his people, however, I don’t believe none of this would have ever been possible without the blessing of God. His defining moment in life was when he was anointed by Samuel. “Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David.” (1 Samuel 16: 12-13) It was from this point David was destined for greatness!
The Needs of his Followers Directly Impacted David’s Leadership. David’s people needed a strong leader to guide them to freedom. For years they lived oppressed and in fear of the Philistines. David’s victory over Goliath gave his people hope and courage that they needed as they quickly gravitated towards David for guidance, bravery, and leadership. His personable traits as a servant leader allowed him to quickly win their trust and loyalty amongst them all. It is with this encouragement from his people that David matured into their king.
What it Means to be a Servant Leader There are many things we can learn from David’s story that can serve us well when we act as servant leaders in our communities. The most important aspect we can learn is to show forgiveness. We are all human and are destined to not only make mistakes but to sin as