Leadership Principles from the Bible (12/16/15)

5 Steps: Christian leaders discern God’s “vision.”

“Trust in the Lord, and do good;

dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

Delight yourself in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;

trust in him, and he will act.

He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,

and your justice as the noonday.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;

fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,

over the man who carries out evil devices!

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!

Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.” Psalm 37:3-8 ESV


In a previous post on Leadership Principles from the Bible, I wrote that  a Christian leader’s vision comes from God (you can read the post here.) In this current post I present to you 5 steps a leader can take to discern God’s vision for his or her life and ministry.

Psalm 37 is considered by some scholars as a wisdom Psalm. Some may even go so far as to suggest that the Psalm is similar to the “wise sayings” found in the book of Proverbs.

The author of this Psalm is David. He was the king of Israel during a time of the nation of Isreal’s military might. David was chosen by God and he was a man after God’s own heart. David was given the promise that the Messiah would come from his line of descendents. God told him that he would establish his throne forever through his offspring.

David was a man of passionate prayer. David was not perfect, but through the years of praying and being in the presence of God, David gained an understanding of how to be a great leader.

God’s vision ultimately is to glorify His name by redeeming those who will believe in Jesus Christ. In God’s vision, believers will be with Jesus in heaven for eternity. How your life and ministry fits as a part of this vision is not hard to discern, but there are some steps that you can take to prepare you to live out God’s vision as Abraham and David did. In verses 3-8 in Psalm 37 we find the 5 steps a Christian leader can take in discerning God’s vision:

  1. Trust in the Lord—trust by submitting to the Lord, in faith, with assurance that He will set your heart on fire for His vision (v. 3).
  2. Delight yourself in the Lord—in the spirit of submission comes joy, knowing that God will watch over you and provide for you as you live in obedience to His vision (v. 4).
  3. Commit your way to the Lord—the word “way” means all areas of your life. God wants you to trust Him with everything, not just a part of your life; submit to Him fully and He will act (v. 5).
  4. Rest in the Lord—rest with assurance that God is in control. Do not worry about others who are prospering while doing evil (v. 7).
  5. Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath—anger and wrath in your life will lead to evil deeds; as a result, God cannot bring you into His vision of redeeming the world for His glory (v. 8).

Are you living and ministering in God’s vision?

(Ideas derived from Biblical Models for Leadership by Dr. Elmer Towns.)


About Peter van Brussel

Peter is the Director of For His Glory Prison Ministry. Peter holds a BA in Pastoral Studies from Southwestern College, a MA in Theological Studies, and a M.Div. from Liberty University. Peter is married to Niki, and has two children. He has been saved by grace and seeks to share the Gospel with those who have been forgotten.
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