January 4, 2021 • Life for Leaders
Scripture – Psalm 16:11 (NRSV)
You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
God shows us “the path of life,” which is a poetic way of saying that God shows us the best way to live (Psalm 16:11). Through his revelation we learn how to flourish in every facet of life. Therefore, following God’s guidance is not drudgery. Rather, when we pay heed his presence we experience “fullness of joy” and “pleasures forevermore.”
Psalm 16 celebrates the help God gives us when we pay attention to him and his counsel. Whereas “those who choose another god multiply their sorrows,” the one who chooses the Lord has a glad heart and a joyful soul (Psalm 16:4, 9).
God shows us “the path of life,” which is a poetic way of saying that God shows us the best way to live (16:11). Through his revelation we learn how to flourish in every facet of life. Therefore, following God’s guidance is not drudgery. Rather, when we pay heed his presence we experience “fullness of joy” and “pleasures forevermore” (16:11).
Talk of the “path of life” reminds me of one of the exciting initiatives of the De Pree Center. The Road Ahead is a six-week cohort experience that helps people discover their unique “path of life.” One of the things I love about the Road Ahead is the “fullness of joy” we experience when helping one another to grow in our faith. (You can learn more about the Road Ahead here.)
I also think of Life for Leaders when I read Psalm 16. My fellow writers and I are convinced that God will show us the “path of life,” indeed, the path of our life, if we attend to his revelation in Scripture. That’s why each Life for Leaders devotion is based on a passage from the Bible.
As you are no doubt aware, what we produce in Life for Leaders is often longer than what you’d find in many daily devotionals. Our particular calling is to provide thoughtful reflections on Scripture that connect to the real issues of your life, including your daily work and your leadership. To do this well requires more words than are commonly found in devotional readings.
In the past, some of our readers have said they love Life for Leaders but sometimes their overly full lives keep them from reading a day’s devotion. So, my fellow writers and I created the Focus section at the top of each devotion, right after the Scripture text. If you’ve got a crazily busy day, you can always read the Scripture passage and the Focus summary. That way you’ll get the main point of the devotion.
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In what ways has God shown you the “path of life”?
As you think about the year ahead, how would you like to grow in your relationship with the Lord?
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Gracious God, thank you for showing us the path of life. Thank you for teaching us how to live with purpose. Thank you for showing us what to avoid and what to embrace.
Help me, Lord, to be eager for your guidance. Help me to learn from you and to walk in your ways.
As I dwell in your presence each day, I ask for the gift of joy, fullness of joy. Amen.
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Find all Life for Leaders devotions here. Explore what the Bible has to say about work at the unique website of our partners, the High Calling archive, hosted by the Theology of Work Project. Reflection on today’s Life for Leaders theme can be found here: The Pleasures of Living With God
Dr. Mark D. Roberts is the Executive Director of Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he is the principal writer of Life for Leaders and the program lead of the Third Third Initiative. Previously, Mark was the senior pastor of a church in Southern California and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. Mark has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,000 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 has taught 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.
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