1Chronicles 12:38, “All these men of war that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel, and all the rest of Israel were of one heart to make David king.”
All these Men of War: There were about 341,000 men of war, ready for battle. That was no small group of guys. These men were prepared and gathered for war, for battle, for right now. In this day and age it is easier to get men together for pizza and football, than for spiritual battles.
Keep rank: To get a rank, a position, one must prove themselves in some capacity. That is why our US military has boot camp. This is the front door that just gets you onto the team; it is the tryouts for the military. Then there is the OJT, (on the job training), all designed to see if you have what it takes to advance in ranks. As a martial arts instructor, I am one of those who have kept rank. I had to train very hard to get to the level that I am at. I am now more on the other side of the system, testing students to see if they have what it takes to excel up the ranks to black belt, and beyond. Some students keep rank, that is they earn a certain level and seem to stay there, while others continue to strive to advance to their ranks. Where do you want to be, just holding on or advancing forward? John 11:12 reads, “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it”. That hardly sounds passive. Where are you in the ranks, at a plateau, on the downward spiral, or advancing?
Came with a Perfect Heart: Their hearts were unspotted in their pursuit of the task at hand. Sin, and divisiveness, could not be found abiding and having a part in their hearts. These men needed focus, purpose, direction, and ultimately victory. Before these men could have corporate public victory though, they had to have private victory in their own hearts. Half the battle is won in the boxing ring of your own heart and mind. We cannot expect to have public victory when we have private defeat in our hearts and minds. A gauge to use for this in the 10 Commandments. Why, because Romans 7:7 says I would not have known sin except by the law. How do you measure up? Take a good self- check and examine yourself. Psalm 139:24-25 is a great tool to use.
To make David king over all of Israel: A godly leader is what was needed once private victory has been won, and your team has been assembled. The right leaders are needed. David a man after God’s own heart was the chosen leader.
One Heart: Again unity is crucial in the battle. How can two walk together unless they be in agreement? A house divided against itself cannot stand. Abe Lincoln quoted this verse when trying to keep the North and South together which resulted in the Civil War. But these men became a team. Hebrews 10:25, tells is to assemble together. Too many Christians gather, but never assemble with the team. They live like an individual puzzle piece, when it’s obvious that there is a place in the puzzle that needs to assemble, aka “some assembly required.” No man is an island! There are all too many Scriptures that prod us to assemble in unity, to which John 17 greatly shares on, the heart of Christ.
The Battle: The men had a physical battle, and we have a spiritual one. We fight against the world, the flesh, and the devil. We also fight to win the lost unto Christ. That is the main reason we are left here, we are saved to serve God. That is why Jesus said in Matthew 9:36-37, “The harvest is truly plentiful, but the laborers (soldiers) are few”. Pray to the Lord of the harvest that he will send out laborers that he will send forth laborers in the harvest.
Are you God’s warrior, tested and tried? How is your heart (clean/unclean)? Who is your spiritual leader? Are you unified in the local church, and are adding value not complaints to the ministry? Who keeps you accountable? Blessings, Phil