November 3, 2022 • Life for Leaders
Scripture — Psalm 110:3
Your people will offer themselves willingly
on the day you lead your forces
on the holy mountains.
We have the opportunity to offer ourselves willingly to God, to join God in the work of creation, redemption, and restoration.
In the New Testament, Psalm 110 is one of the most frequently quoted portions of the Old Testament. The reason for its popularity among Christians has to do with the strong messianic themes throughout the psalm. In its description of a future king in the line of David, Psalm 110 foreshadows in a powerful way the coming of God’s Messiah, the one who will usher in the kingdom of God.
Today’s prayer is inspired by a verse in Psalm 110 that testifies to the willingness of the people of Israel to join their future king in his mission. Through our daily work, we are also able to join Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords, in his mission in the world. We give ourselves to him as we work, seeking to honor the Lord in all we do.
Gracious God, today I am inspired by the vision in Psalm 110 of your people offering themselves willingly to the messianic king. That’s what I want to do, though my context is quite different, of course. I may not be joining you in some military conquest, but I am blessed to join you in your creating, nurturing, saving, redeeming, and restoring work in the world.
So, today I offer myself willingly and joyfully to you and your mission. Even as I do my “ordinary” work today, I give both my work and myself to you. Be glorified, O God, in what I do and how I do it. May I steward well all the gifts and opportunities you have entrusted to me. Amen.
Ponder Throughout the Day
Offer yourself willingly to the Lord as you work today.
For Further Reflection
Read all of Psalm 110.
You may also wish to read and reflect on Psalm 8.
Find all Life for Leaders devotions here. Explore what the Bible has to say about work at the High Calling archive, hosted by the unique website of our partners, the Theology of Work Project. Reflection on today’s Life for Leaders theme can be found here: Background to the Confusing Kingdom.
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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.