Humility isn’t found in too many places of power. So much energy is expended on leaders extolling their greatness and downplaying their weaknesses. Very few, if any, world leaders recognize the sovereign power of the Almighty Lord. King David was a sharp contrast to today’s governors. He exalted the Lord and always remembered where his power came from. You would do well to praise the power of the Lord.
“Be exalted, O LORD, in Your strength; We will sing and praise Your power.”
Strength from the Lord
Psalm 21 is King David extolling the virtues of God leading a king. He spends the whole chapter praising God for the strength that God gives leaders and the benefits that come from that. When a king puts his trust in the Lord, he won’t be moved, and his enemies will be defeated. David lived by this, and God fulfilled all of it during his reign. He was the only king who abided by it entirely. The rest of the kings in Israel, save a few, either struggled to honor God or outright rejected Him.
I doubt any king or world ruler will ever read this devotion, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t principles we can draw from this passage. Anyone who is in leadership needs to rely on the strength of the Lord. Most leaders get caught up in their position and power and try to do it under their own strength. This only leads to failure. They start to believe the praise that people heap upon, and soon they don’t think they need the Lord. The most outstanding leaders are the ones who are humble and honest about their shortcomings.
Praise the Power of the Lord
David sang the praises of the Lord. To do that means that your heart is rendered to Him. It is more than recognizing what God has done for you. It believes that He is in control and you are fully submitted to Him. No matter what position you promote, you can exalt the Lord by praising him in whatever circumstance you are in.