A Leader’s Prayer-Psalm 2

The book of Psalms in the Bible is a collection of songs and prayers that are heart felt and real.

Prayer is ultimately an act of dependence.

When we pray to God we are either giving thanks for who he is, giving thanks for what he has done, or in need of his wisdom, power and provision.  Proper prayer is dependence.  It is holy communication to one who is sovereign and supreme.  And every spiritual leader is in need of bending the knee daily to that authority.  As I read the Bible there are many passages that leap off the page as very relevant to the life of a leader.

Psalm 2 is a Messianic Psalm.  That means that it is about the person of Jesus Christ.  But it also seems to be addressed to the leaders of the world.  The Psalmist mocks worldly leadership when it chooses to be opposed to God and his purposes.  He points everyone to the King, the Son of God, who will possess the nations as his heritage.  The Psalm ends with a call to wisdom for all worldly kings.

Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned O rulers of the earth.  Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled.  Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2:10-12

Ultimately, leaders are to “serve the Lord” and to “kiss the Son.”

Both of these are acts of submission.  Service may be obvious as an act of submission.  But to “kiss” the hand of someone was to acknowledge their supremacy over you.  Literally this is an act of worship.  The Psalmist describes the net result of taking these actions as taking refuge in him.  Notice that the consequence of these choices is blessing.  Every “ruler of the earth” needs to bend the knee in submission to Jesus Christ.  This keeps a leader from the deadly disease of pride and helps to ensure that he or she is leading according to the true King’s agenda.

Join me in prayer today to that end for our personal leadership lives.

The Assurance of the Word of God

Today I learned that a good friend back in Texas has inoperable brain cancer. He is married and has a family. This couple is a stellar example of one who loves God, lives with great integrity and has their eyes set on the Kingdom. I am kind of emotionally numb right now in light of this news. This kind of news always has a double impact on me-sadness and disbelief for the ones going through it-and a renewed sense of reality about my own frailty.

I found out this news by way of email-an email requesting prayer and believing God for healing. The wife quoted a verse in the Bible that God was using to give her hope and comfort-it was Psalm 27:13. This was bedrock for her-it was the absolute knowledge that there is a God and He is able to do whatever He pleases-and He is good. I was reminded in a fresh way that the Word of God is what provides true perspective-it is alive-it truly does instruct, reprove, correct and train-it changes us. No other book can do what it does. It becomes our compass in the fog and points us to Christ!

A Leader’s Prayer-Psalm 131


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Psalm 131 in the Bible is for leaders. It was written by a leader, King David. It was penned from a leader’s perspective. It is a Psalm, a prayer, that every spiritual leader must heed. It is that important.

Many do not read the Psalms as they were intended. We try and read Hebrew poetry like one of Paul’s letters. It can’t be done, at least not in a meaningful way. Poetry is meant to affect your soul. It is meant to move you, to draw out your emotions towards Yahweh. There is meter, rhythm and rhyme. Of course, some of it is lost in translation. But most of it remains fully in tact. And it is God’s inspired and infallible word, so it can still have the desired result in our lives.

Leaders can spend most of their days in an emotionless world of strategic plans, HR decisions, or cost-benefit analysis. Even spiritual leaders can get caught in a very man-centered approach to giving oversight and direction. We need to pray back the Psalms to God and allow the emotions He gave us to wash over us, so that we feel as leaders and not just think like one.

Psalm 131 is a very brief Psalm, yet it is packed with wisdom and perspective.

O LORD, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, hope in the LORD
from this time forth and forevermore.

This is a psalm of ascent, meaning it was one that was prayed, quoted, or sung on the way to the temple on a holy day. But notice the language and the emotions of this psalm. David declares that his heart is not lifted up. This is King David, the most revered king in Israel’s history. He had great power and authority. He had every reason to be proud. But his own status and accomplishments were not his focus. Notice that his only audience in this Psalm is the Lord. Any other would draw his focus to himself.

He proclaims “my eyes are not raised too high.” David recognizes where his help comes from, even as a leader. The greatest stumbling block for any leader is self-competent pride. Most leaders, especially when they have tasted a measure of success, quickly lift up their hearts and raise their eyes, not unto God, but unto themselves.

David goes on to say that he does not occupy himself with things too great or too marvelous. Instead, he states that he is like a weaned child–that his soul is like a weaned child. A weaned child is one who has learned to draw nourishment other than through suckling. A weaned child is a content child, one who is quieted and calm. A weaned child is one who has moved past infancy into the role of a toddler, and who is content to simply be with his mother, not always demanding of her the next meal. David ends the psalm with the exhortation for all of Israel to “hope in the Lord.” This is a humble prayer, a humble declaration to fully trust in Yahweh. This is from a king, a great king! This is a song of great humility. And humility is a necessity for great leadership.

How many leaders do you know that live like this?

How are you doing?

Do you live a leadership life that is occupied with what God has given you to do?

Do you lead more from self-competency or godly character?

Do you live and lead as a calm quieted soul, or as a hurried, preoccupied driven person?

The issue is one of humility, hope, and trust.

Will you lean into Him for life and leadership?