July 26, 2019 • Life for Leaders
LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! . . .
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
Lord, how amazing you are! How awesome in every way! Your majesty exceeds all other power, all other authority, all other glory.
Yet you have chosen to care about human beings, to care about me and my life. Even more, you have crowned us all with glory and honor, creating us in your own image. You have given us authority over this world, that we might steward it well, helping it to be fruitful and full.
In my work this day, I will use some portion of that authority. The work I do is one way for me to obey you, to honor you, to worship you. May you be glorified, Lord, in all of my work today, every bit. May a vision of your majesty inspire me to serve you with faithfulness and excellence as I work. To you be all the glory! Amen.
Ponder Throughout the Day:
God has given you authority to make a difference in this world through your work.
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Authority (Psalm 8)
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.