Godly Shepherds | Psalm 78:72
And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Today’s passage is our staff’s theme verse at The Bible Chapel. I chose it years ago while studying through the Psalms. It describes the three things that we are committed to do as church leaders…and three things we should be committed to do as followers of Jesus.
Shepherd. Empty sheep pens never get messy. But where there are sheep there are messes. Shepherding is the calling to be involved in the mess of people’s lives. Adultery and addictions, divorce and depression, broken bodies and broken hearts—life is messy. But shepherds (imperfect and broken themselves) are willing to wade through the mess and tend the sheep.
Integrity of heart. Shepherds must tend their hearts. It won’t take long for an unhealthy shepherd to have a pen full of unhealthy sheep. Leaders must lead themselves before they can lead others.
Skillful hands. Leaders are learners. We must constantly develop shepherding skills that benefit those God has placed in our charge. An unskilled, untrained, and undisciplined shepherd will lead the sheep down dangerous and deadly paths.
This verse is not just for church leaders. From parents of children to presidents of companies, we must lead with tender shepherding, integrity of heart, and skillful hands.
Father, makes us godly shepherds. Give us the desire to develop whole and obedient hearts. Give us the craving to continue to develop the skills of our calling. In Jesus’ name. Amen.