Leadership and the overwhelming responsibility (Psalms 78:70-72)

"He chose David his servant
and took him from the sheepfolds;  
from following the nursing ewes he brought him
to shepherd Jacob his people,
Israel his inheritance.  
With upright heart he shepherded them
and guided them with his skillful hand." - Psalms 78:70-72

Notice - chose, took, brought, shepherd, upright heart, shepherded, guided, skillful.

These are the words that jump out at me. I mentioned I just recently took a few classes on the topic of preaching. I went from thinking, "I'm pretty good at this, I've done this before and I know what I'm doing," to "Holy snap - I'm responsible for preaching the very words of God."

Similarly, as I'm looking at being a leader I'm thinking, "People like me, I'll do just fine, this outta be easy." But then the more I learn about leadership my response becomes "Holy snap - I'm responsible for leading the very children of God."

But this verse helps to set my heart at ease. If this is what the Lord has called me to do, then he chose me, took me, brought me, to this position. He will use me to shepherd, with an upright heart, to guide with a skillful hand.

Thank you Lord that I lead by your appointment, and by your strength. I may be comfortable with the things of this world by my own strength, but I am not comfortable leading and guiding the things of your kingdom with anything but a divine grace.

Be near to me, make me an upright man shepherd, a skillful guide. Amen.