On Best Behavior
And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him. ~1 Samuel 18:14
The Bible uses the phrase “train up” to describe raising a child to have excellent behavior and character. When a child is corrected through discipline, it is expected that they exhibit their “best behavior” to show that they are contrite and doing what is right. Best behavior is when a person does what is right for and with other people. This morning, we are told that David behaved himself wisely in all his ways. Let us see the importance of being circumspect.
David was courteous.
We are told that David was accepted in the sight of all the people and, also, in the sight of Saul’s servants. Being courteous is having good manners, decency, and care for other people. David exhibited courtesy in his social graces. David exhibited courtesy in his giving. He was trained to bring a gift to others. Being courteous is showing respect for those in authority and even those who are subordinate to you. David, in his courtesy, showed that he was circumspect.
David had chemistry.
David proved that he could adapt to different kinds of people. He was a leader whom people could follow. We are told that all of Israel and Judah loved David because he went out and came in before them. He blended well with soldiers, servants, leaders, and common people. He was approachable. He did not present himself in an intimidating manner. He was a leader and yet very much a team player. He did not polarize other people, and he helped to bring others together.
David was cautious.
David sensed early on that Saul had a volatile personality. When he saw the javelin in Saul’s hand, he knew that Saul did not have good intentions. We are told that “David avoided out of his presence.” David served the king with fealty and loyalty, but he was also not to place himself in the line of fire. He discerned early on in life that some personalities can change on you and become your enemy for no good reason. Being circumspect means we should seek to avoid conflict with others, especially if you know they feel threatened by you.
David was courageous.
David wanted to be on good terms with Saul. When Saul offered to give his daughter, Michal, to David, David said: “Who am I? and what is my life, or my father’s family in Israel, that I should be son in law to the king?” Saul requested David to perform what seemed to be an impossible task to gain Saul’s approval. David led his men, and, together, he did double what was requested of him. He did beyond what was expected of him. Being prudent and circumspect means we should endeavor to exceed the expectations leaders ask of us.
David had character.
“David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul: so that his name was much set by.” His character demonstrated courage, faith, grace, patience, resilience, and trust. He had a reputation that was much set by. He was such a man of character that the men of the kingdom followed him without reservation. Most importantly, we must not overlook that the Lord was with him. Men of character and who are circumspect are men who have God’s hand and presence in their lives. Without God’s presence, David would have floundered and failed.
As we start a New Year, practice being circumspect in all areas of your life. Like David, behave yourself wisely.
Have a circumspect God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Genesis 8-11