He chose David his servant
and took him from the sheep pens;
from tending the sheep he brought him
to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
of Israel his inheritance.
And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
with skillful hands he led them (PSALM 78:70-72).
David’s success wasn’t for himself but for the people he was shepherding, and it was all done with reverence for the Lord who established his every step.
David never forgot where he came from or how he got to where he was. Getting from a dirty sheep pen to a palatial palace just doesn’t happen. Any true leader should be humbled by who he is and where he is and humble in the way he treats others and handles his duties. The greatest danger any leader faces is pride, which happens often when we forget where we came from.
52 Weeks Through the Psalms
Leaders aren’t the only ones who should be reminded of their roots when pride rears its ugly head. We are all scoundrels without Christ. No better than the worst jailbird in San Quentin. We sometimes forget that truth. But like the psalmist, we should often look back and recall from where God has brought us. We should consider where would we be now had Christ not intervened and saved us. We should also ponder what our future would be without the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. And we, like David, should know that God’s work in us was not to puff us up in any way, but to exalt him— the one who has ordained our every step. A true realization of who we would be without Christ and who we are in Christ will surely bring us to our knees in worship.
James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.