May 8, 2020 • Life for Leaders
In your strength the king rejoices, O LORD,
and in your help how greatly he exults!
You have given him his heart’s desire,
and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
For you meet him with rich blessings;
you set a crown of fine gold on his head. . .
For the king trusts in the LORD,
consider my lament.
Hear my cry for help,
and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.
Lord, things are going very well right now. I can see the results of my leadership and I’m pleased. Others see it too, and this feels great.
But, Lord, I’m aware of my own tendency to embrace my success too strongly. Yes, it’s fine for me to find joy in my work and in the fruits of my labor. But when I start thinking too much of myself, that’s a problem. And I confess that this is a temptation when things are going well.
So, may I take my cue from the king in Psalm 21. Let me see that I am thriving because your strength is at work in me. May I rejoice in you and your help. Give me eyes to see that my successes are blessings from you, answers to prayers I have offered in the past.
O Lord, above all and at all times, may I put my trust in you and your steadfast love. Not in myself, my cleverness, my competence, my accomplishments; but in you. In this season of blessing, may I bless you in return and trust you even more day by day. Amen.
Ponder Throughout the Day:
As good things happen in your work, rejoice in God’s blessings, recognizing his grace at work in your life.
Find all Life for Leaders devotions here. Explore what the Bible has to say about work at the unique website of our partners, the The High Calling Archive, hosted by Theology of Work Project. Commentary on today’s Life for Leaders theme can be found here: The Joy of God’s Presence
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.