“He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble His way.” (Ps 25:9)
David’s life was impacted by some key influencers . . . Samuel, his anointer and confronter; Jesse, his father; Jonathan, his friend; Joab. Zadok, Ahimilech, Benaiah . . . his mighty men . . . Yet, he only imitated One.
Paul said, “Follow me, as I follow Christ.” (I Cor 11:1). Another version says it this way, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.”
Imitating is copying. It’s duplicating an original. It’s embracing the likeness of another so we are an example of them.
As a follower, David identifies Who leads and who is led. “Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day long.” (Ps 25:5)
The One leading is The Holy One who became humble. The one being led is a humble one who becomes holy. It’s His work in us that enables us to do His work.
In these confusing times of preferential honor, personal armor bearers and pastoral perks, it is convicting truth that the humble receives what is right, gives with grace and the leads with love.
So, an imitator of Christ . . . student of what is right . . . servant to those in need . . . shepherd of the Great Shepherd . . . that works.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others”