Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A King's Heart

My senior pastor shared this passage with me yesterday. It's one of those that I've read many times before, but somehow it never sunk in. After commanding the future kings of Israel to not acquire many horses, wives, or wealth, Moses writes this regulation:
“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.
The king was supposed to write down the entire law for himself under the authority of the priests, looking to it every day as a reminder of the gift God has given him: lead God's people. Why do this? So that the king's heart would not become prideful. In my recent pursuit of God over humility, this was a timely reminder of how remembering and pursuing the Lord in all that I do will dramatically affect any role I'm in where I lead God's people--pastor, father, husband, mentor, friend.

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