Weekly Devotion

Leading with Integrity

“His good heart made him a good shepherd; he guided the people wisely and well.”
~Psalm 78:72 (MSG)

We know that David was not a perfect leader, he made many mistakes including some that most of us can not even imagine committing. Even with all the mistakes he made, God still called him a man after his own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). This should give each one of us hope….to know that no matter what we do, or how bad we mess things up, God will still love us and use us.

Let’s spend a few minutes today looking at David’s leadership to understand the heart of David….and to understand the heart God wants us to have in our leadership.

David was reverent. Take a look at the book of Psalms. In all of his writings, he recognized who God is and that he is worthy of praise…in everything.

David was respectful. Even when Nathan pointed out his sin to him, David was respectful of his friend. (I must admit when my friends point out my wrongdoings, I am not always so respectful of them).

David was loving. Even in the midst of being reprimanded or when talking with God, he always demonstrated his love for others and his love for God.

David was faithful. Throughout his life, there are examples of David being faithful to God, sometimes even when God didn’t seem to make sense.

David was obedient. In Psalm 119, David wrote, “Give me understanding and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart.”

David was repentant. In the midst of his sin, David asked for forgiveness recognizing what he had done was wrong.

David’s example is a great one for each of us in leadership.

There are going to be times in your organization when it will be oh so easy to do what we feel like doing, especially those times when no one else will ever find out.

But as we read in the Message version, David’s heart made him a good shepherd, he guided the people wisely and well. Is that your heart’s desire today….to guide wisely and well?

As we all know, leadership naturally puts us in a position to make decisions and influence others in ways that are not always visible to others. How we handle these situations is a true reflection of what is in our hearts and how our hearts are connected to the heart of God.

In everything you do, lead with excellence and integrity of heart.

My prayer for you today is that you would stay connected to the heart of God and allow him to guide and direct your leadership.

Sweet Blessings to You, My Friend.