Leading by following

 

Today’s reading is from Psalm 139: 23-24.

{Search me, O God, and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,

 And lead me in the way everlasting.}

REFLECTION:

Today in the secular world, we are all in some sort leaders, either at our home place, workplace and in society at large as we all are in responsibility. The main problem actually is that we aspire, everyone to be C.E.Os or Managers at the very start. Quite normal if the competence and experience are present. But what is leadership as far as {the Way everlasting} is concerned?

The answer is in King David’s prayer, (verses 23-24) as mentioned above, which is an appropriate model as far as leadership is concerned. As King of Israel, the chosen people of God, with the great responsibility involved and all experiences acquired along the years, yet he finds it imperative to be searched, tested and known by the Almighty himself, The Omniscient who only can know our inner being and brings guidance and healing. Those two important aspects of our life spiritually, heart and mind which most of the time are vulnerable due to our sinful nature and which need to be kept {in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord} , just as we hear it in the final blessing by the priest at the conclusion of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Here we note the dependence of the king on God and also about his limitation in face of his responsibilities to walk in the way everlasting. We understand also the foreknowledge of our God who chose David to be King as {per His own heart}. A man of prayer for God s glory.

How much more are we as Christians to submit ourselves to be searched, guided and convinced by the Holy Spirit to be able to follow our shepherd, Lord Jesus in the way everlasting, being given He himself is as he said, {I am the way and the truth and the life}. (Jn 14:6). Most noteworthy is the final request in the psalm: {lead me in the way everlasting} which should be our own. Let us walk the way in the light of Jesus Christ as He himself is the light of the world. (Jn 8: 12). Be leaders by constantly following Him.

Let us sing together: Lead me Lord, lead me in thy righteousness

                                  Make thy way plain before my face

                                  For it is thou Lord, Thou Lord only

                                  That makest me dwell in safety.

THE PRAYER:

Lord lead me in the way everlasting by following You always, guided by your word which is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, in the name of Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Rev. Jacques L’esperance