July 24, 2020 • Life for Leaders
Scripture – Psalm 30:11-12 (NRSV)
You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have taken off my sackcloth
and clothed me with joy,
so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever.
When God delivers us from difficult times, our hearts rejoice. We can’t keep back our praise. We say to the Lord, “You have turned my mourning into dancing. You have taken off my clothes of sadness and decked me out with pure joy.” Hallelujah!
Gracious God, how can I thank you enough for what you have done for me?! When I think about how hard things have been at work and how discouraged I felt, I am astounded by where things are today. You have brought me through such a difficult time. Sometimes it seemed that I would drown in my tears of despair. But you, O Lord, have turned my mourning into dancing. You have taken off my garments of sadness and clothed me with joy.
I praise you for your grace and mercy in my life. My soul praises you. My body praises you. My voice praises you. I will not be silent.
Today, O Lord my God, I thank you. And as I remember your goodness to me in the future, I will thank you again and again. I will give thanks to you forever. How good you are to me! Hallelujah! 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.