Judges 5

Judges 5 is a song from Deborah and Barak following their victory.  They wanted to give glory where it belonged – to the Lord.  They sing about three things as they begin:

  • the leaders took the lead
  • the people offered themselves willingly
  • bless the Lord

A picture of how effective leadership should happen.

It begins with leaders who are willing to step up and step out and lead.  They have to be willing.  They have to make a move.  They talk about the importance of being a leader.  “My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel who offered themselves willingly among the people”.  Leadership is about being willing to be on the front line, and is this day, that meant being in the front as your army entered the battlefield. If you are going to lead, you have to keep God’s principle in mind.  If God originates a call to lead, Got will orchestrate the resources and details so you can effectively lead.  It is how He works.

They secondly give praise that the people stepped out of their comfort zone and followed.  The true test of leadership is whether anyone actually follows, and in this case 10,000 fighting men did.  They took a chance and believed in their leaders and went to war.  They came from everywhere and joined the battle.  “From heaven the stars fought, from their courses they fought against Sisera”.  God’s hand was upon those who stepped up and he guided their swords and enabled their victory.  That is what God does – He takes those who are willing and uses them to fulfill His plan.

And the song ends with the awareness that all this happened because God showed up.  They bless the Lord and give Him the glory.  They “repeat the righteous triumphs of the Lord”, not taking credit for their success themselves, but rightfully placing it where it belongs, on the Lord.   They know who truly enabled their victory, and they place the adoration where it belongs.  “So may all your enemies perish, O Lord! But your friends be like the sun as he rises in his might”.  God is the author of what happens.  We need to plug in and stay connected to His plan and do things His way!

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