July 1, 2021 • Life for Leaders
Scripture Reading: Psalm 68:19 (NRSV)
Blessed be the Lord,
who daily bears us up;
God is our salvation. Selah
Psalm 68 celebrates the power and majesty of God, who does awesome things for his people. Yet God’s blessings don’t come only in major, attention-grabbing ways. Rather, God bears us up each day, sustaining us, carrying us, embracing us.
All praise be to you, Gracious God, because you are there for us every single day. Not a day goes by without your care. Thank you.
When I’m stressed out at work, you offer your peace. When I am weak, you sustain me. When I’m undone, you hold me together. When I’m anxious, you reassure me. When I’m lost, you find me. When I’m afraid, you hold me. Thank you.
You don’t do this every now and then, once in a while. No, indeed you bear me up every day. Your care for me is so consistent that sometimes I don’t even see it. Forgive me for taking you for granted, Lord. Give me eyes to see you at work in my life. Give me ears to hear your reassuring voice. Help me to sense your presence each day, throughout the day, in all I do.
All blessings be to you, O God of our salvation! Amen.
Ponder Throughout the Day
God is holding you up today, and tomorrow, and every day. God is always there for you.
For Further Reflection
You may wish to read all of Psalm 68.
Jesus said, “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
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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.