1) They could keep rank- They knew their place and stayed in position. They obeyed orders and were unshakeable in their convictions. They could be counted on by David and the other soldiers in the army. They were trustworthy and reliable.
1 Chronicles 12:38 All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king.
2) They could keep right – They had pure hearts and served with singleness of mind. They kept clear of evil communication and double mindedness. They knew how to pray and walk with God. They knew it was their job to keep right. They didn’t blame others for personal faults. They took responsibility and initiative to maintain unity.
1 Chronicles 12:33 Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.
3) They could keep ready – They came armed up for battle. They were skilled with weapons training. They always had a mind to work. God was with them. They had a conviction to protect their King and serve with all their might. They were sober, vigilant, and loyal. They knew that their performance on the battle field had everything to do with personal preparation in their private life. When they showed up they were prepared to do business for God, their King, and their country.
1 Chronicles 12:21-24 And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host. And these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed to the war, and came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD. The children of Judah that bare shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred, ready armed to the war.