by Rev Joel Yong
1 Chronicles 20:1-3
In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, Joab led out the army and ravaged the country of the Ammonites and came and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. And Joab struck down Rabbah and overthrew it. And David took the crown of their king from his head. He found that it weighed a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone. And it was placed on David’s head. And he brought out the spoil of the city, a very great amount. And he brought out the people who were in it and set them to labor with saws and iron picks and axes. And thus David did to all the cities of the Ammonites. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
Joab labored on the battlefield against the enemy for his king.
When it was about to be destroyed, he told David and invited him to come for the final overthrow of the enemy.
That is why though David remained in Jerusalem initially, that he was there to receive the crown at the end of battle.
Joab could have soaked in the honor of being the one who takes the enemy city, returns home with the crown for his king.
But no, he knew his rightful place and honored his leader and let his king strike the final blow instead.
Joab labored not for his own glory but for his king’s.
What a good lesson for us all – our achievements on the battlefield of life are not for our own glories either but for our rightful king, without whom none of these could be possible.