October 9, 2020 • Life for Leaders
Scripture – Psalm 33:4 (NRSV)
For the word of the LORD is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
God’s word is always true, always reliable. God’s work is always faithful, always solid. In response to God’s word and work, we offer the praise of our lips and the worship of our lives. As we work today, whether on the job or at home, whether compensated or uncompensated, may we worship God in all we do, in word and in deed. To God be all the glory! Amen.
Lord, I praise you today become of who you are. I rejoice in you because you have made yourself known to me.
Your word, O Lord, is upright. It is solid and straight, something by which I can measure my life, my work, my world. You establish the standard for life, revealing how I am to live in every part of life. When you speak, Lord, I listen, learn, and obey. Your word is always trustworthy.
Your word is reflected and activated in your work. You created the world by your word, speaking all things into existence. What you do is firm and steady, always worthy of trust. You are faithful in all things, Lord, whether I can perceive it or not. What you promise, you will do. What you offer, you will provide. What you claim, you will save.
As I praise you today for your word and your work, I seek to imitate you, in spite of my limitations. In my work today, Lord, may I speak what is true. May those who work with me know that my word is trustworthy.
And may I do my work in faithfulness, honoring the commitments I’ve made and the trust I’ve been given. Help me, Lord, to work in a way that honors you above all. May every word I speak, every action I take, every thought I think, every emotion I feel glorify you. May my work this day be an act of worship, a tangible expression of praise. Amen.
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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.