April 22, 2021 • Life for Leaders
Scripture Reading: Psalm 59:17 (NRSV)
O my strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.
The Hebrew word translated in Psalm 59:17 as “fortress” (misgab) literally means “high place.” In ancient times, before planes, missiles, and drones, if soldiers were up high on a mountain, for example, they would be almost completely safe. Thus, misgab had various connotations, such as “fortress, stronghold, or refuge.” We see this in David’s song of praise after the Lord delivered him from his enemies, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold [misgab] and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence” (2 Samuel 22:2-3).
When work grounds us down, God lifts us up. When we have more than we can possibly handle, God strengthens us. When we are attacked, God guards us. In all things, God loves us with a love that that is stronger than anything that would seek to hurt us.
O God, when I am exhausted, I lean upon you. When I am discouraged, you give me hope. When I feel as if I can’t go on anymore, you carry me. When I am besieged by criticism or overwhelmed with too much to do, you lift me up. With you I am safe. With you I am secure. With you I am dearly and deeply loved.
All praise be to you, O God, because you are my strength. You are my fortress. You are the One whose love never lets me go. Amen.
Ponder Throughout the Day
God is your fortress. Find safety, strength, and rest in him today.
For Further Reflection
You may wish to read all of Psalm 59.
Also, check out David’s song of praise in 2 Samuel 22:1-51.
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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.