We looked at the gold standard of leadership and saw how leaders must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
So how do we do that practically?
That question leads us to what should be the number one activity of leaders.
We see it here in Joshua chapter one:
After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
JOSHUA 1:1-9 NKJV
Joshua has succeeded Moses as the national leader of Israel.
We see here that God told Joshua: “Moses my servant is dead.” It looks entirely plausible that God here is not informing Joshua of Moses’ physical condition so much as declaring “The Moses era is over and Moses ain’t coming back to bail you out if you mess up.”
Note the emphasis God put on Joshua being strong and courageous. These are vital requirements for leaders. Leaders must be strong and brave.
Joshua is told that the Word of God (at that time being the five books of the Pentateuch) was not to depart from his lips. He was told he must meditate on it day and night.
Meditation biblically is not the same as other kinds of meditation such as TM. It isn’t about emptying your mind but about filling your mouth and heart with God’s Word.
Meditation in Hebrew has a primarily vocal aspect. It means to speak softly, to mutter under one’s breath – literally to coo like a dove. It can also mean speaking loudly, even to roar.
The New Testament injunction to speak to ourselves in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs means we can incorporate music into our meditation.
The point is, biblical meditation – which is therefore, TRUE meditation – is vocal. It is about speaking the Word.
Remember Romans 10:17…
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
ROMANS 10:17 NKJV
Considering that the five books of the Law comprise a civic code that helps individuals and societies function under divine order, it is very wise for leaders to meditate (speak) these books into their inner man in order that faith to apply the Law can be developed in them (see Romans 10:17).
Leaders must be meditators!
A leader’s number one job is to fill his/her mouth with God’s Word and never stop doing this.
Joshua was a national leader. However, this practice is one that every leader in every field would do well to follow. Imagine a world where every leader made their priority that of spending serious time speaking the Word of God over themselves, their organisations and the people they lead.
This is Kingdom leadership, where leaders speak words of spirit and life constantly.
O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
PSALM 119:97 KJV
It has long been the tradition that the author of Psalm 119 was David. If this is the case, we can see that the practice of national leaders of Israel in meditating the Law carried over into the era when Israel/Judah were ruled by kings. It is evident that Psalm 119 was penned by someone in a leadership position.
The principle of kings and rulers ruling in the fear of God and submitting themselves to dedicated meditation in the Word can be seen in this psalm:
Blessed is every one who fears the LORD,
Who walks in His ways.
When you eat the labor of your hands,
You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
In the very heart of your house,
Your children like olive plants
All around your table.
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you out of Zion,
And may you see the good of Jerusalem
All the days of your life.
Yes, may you see your children’s children.
Peace be upon Israel!
PSALM 128 NKJV
We see here that this man begins with the fear of the Lord and a delight in God’s Word and he is a blessed man for this.
Then that blessing radiates out, affecting his family, Zion (the church), his city and his nation.
Leaders can only bless if they have been blessed. The blessing you are walking in today has been made possible by a blessed man or woman who ministered to you out of their own blessed condition
Blessing come to those who fear the Lord and who meditate in His Word.