September 15, 2022 • Life for Leaders
Scripture – Psalm 103:22 (NRSV)
Bless the LORD, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul.
Psalm 103 calls upon all of God’s works in all places to bless the Lord. These works certainly include the wonders of the natural world. But that’s not all. You are one of God’s amazing works, created by God with the ability to take what God has made and make new things from it. Thus, your works are, by extension, also numbered among God’s works. Thus, through your work, you are able to bless the Lord.
Gracious God, you are worthy of all thanks and praise. Creation itself blesses you in the pounding of the waves, the glories of a sunset, and the majesty of the mountains. Your works in nature reflect your beauty and reveal your intricate power. All praise be to you!
I am part of your creation. You have made me to join you in your work, to add to the beauty and fruitfulness of this world. When I take what you have made and work with it to make something else, what I produce adds to your works . . . and to your worship.
May you be blessed in my work today. May what I do glorify you. May how I do it give you honor. May how I treat people imitate your love. As I work today, may I give myself to you. To you be all the glory! Amen.
Ponder Throughout the Day
You can bless the Lord today through your works.
For Further Reflection
Read all of Psalm 103.
Read also Colossians 3:12-17 and Romans 12:1-2.
Find all Life for Leaders devotions here. Explore what the Bible has to say about work at the High Calling, hosted at the unique website of our partners, the Theology of Work Project. Commentary on today’s Life for Leaders theme can be found here: The Lord Remembers We Are Only Dust
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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.