January 24, 2016 • Life for Leaders
For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
and I walk in faithfulness to you.”
In Psalm 26, David defends his integrity before God. It’s likely that he composed this poem in response to an attack upon his character. Thus the opening verse, “Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity,” is not a claim never to have sinned. Rather, David wants God to stand in as a character witness, refuting the spurious accusations against him.
God’s love can transform our reason for working and our relationships in the workplace.”
As a part of his defense, David states, “For your steadfast love is before my eyes” (v. 3). He keeps in mind God’s loving faithfulness. This claim is not only part of David’s case for his integrity. It is also an explanation for how he can live with integrity. What keeps David going in the face of opposition, what motivates him to honor God even when he himself fails, is his remembrance of God’s faithful love and mercy.
So it is for us. We will not be able to live our lives with integrity because we have good intentions or because we expend great effort. Our sin will inevitably get the better of us and we will fail. But what motivates us to continue to walk in the Lord’s way is remembering his love for us. This love has been communicated to us in a variety of ways, but it comes to us most clearly through Jesus Christ and his death for us.
Every day, we have a special opportunity to keep God’s unfailing love before our eyes. We can do this not just at home or at church but also in our workplace. God’s love can transform our reason for working and our relationships in the workplace. May this next week be a time for you to remember just how much God loves you and to live your whole life in response to his love.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
What helps you to keep God’s love before your eyes?
What distracts you from remembering God’s love?
How might you reflect upon God’s love in this next week?
O Lord, how I wish I could say, like David, that your steadfast love is always before my eyes. To be sure, there are times when I remember your love. But there are also times when I forget . . . or at least I act as if I have forgotten.
The more I reflect on your love for me, gracious God, the more I am drawn to offer my whole life to you freely. The more I consider your faithfulness, the more I want to be faithful to you. The more I receive your grace, the more I am empowered to glorify you in all that I do.
In all I do this next week, may I keep your love before my eyes. Amen.
P.S. An earlier version of this devotion appeared at The High Calling. It is used with permission under a Creative Commons license.
Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. Previously, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center, the lead pastor of a church in Southern California, and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. He has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,500 devotions that help people discover the difference God makes in their daily life and leadership. With a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard, Mark teaches at Fuller Seminary, most recently in his D.Min. cohort on “Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.” Mark is married to Linda, a marriage and family counselor, spiritual director, and executive coach. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.