When David's time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying, “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn, that the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’ 1 Kings 2:1-4

Stop and think for a moment what your last words would be to your successor. David must have been reflecting and formulating what he would say to his son, evidenced by a lifetime of experience and the pointed nature of his words. An important observation to make here is that the end will come and a leader will follow. As men, we are called to lead and therefore wise to consider how to best pass that leadership on as David modeled. 

David gave Solomon exact advice on what to be, what to do, and how to align all his activity. Be strong or as I'd like to say it, be resolute. Think less like the guy who can bench press enormous weight and more like the man who is determined. Strength means being resolute in the midst of challenge. David also emphasizes radical obedience towards God. Commands, rules, testimony, and His law are all worth keeping. The outcome is a nation with sure leadership in the future. 

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