The Lord will vindicate me;
your love, Lord, endures forever—
do not abandon the works of your hands.
Psalm 138:8 (NIV)
David was a leader. After his miraculous victory over Goliath in his youth, David had been thrust into the spotlight and he never left the spotlight. David was warrior, field general, outlaw, ancient Robin Hood, spy, ruler of Judah, and King of Israel. He knew that others were constantly observing him.
What I found interesting about David’s lyrics in Psalm 138 is that he is well aware that many eyes are on him:
- When David bows down to God, he does so in full sight of the pantheon of regional pagan gods and their followers.
- Other kings are watching, and David knows that he has influence with them as he desires that they all exalt God as he does.
- His foes are watching and he acknowledges that God’s protection and preservation of him stands as a testimony.
Today, I’m thinking about the role of being a leader and the ways I find myself in positions of influence. Like David, I hope and pray that as others see me in various spotlights of leadership my life, words, actions are a positive witness of God’s love, grace, forgiveness and Life giving power.