Re: Verse reading–1 Samuel 16:1-7; Psalm 139 (day three)
“Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord?” The hardest type of leadership is self-leadership, experts conclude. You don’t say. “If only you, God, would slay the wicked!” That comes easy enough. Then, a sobering turn: If God is everywhere, he is surely privy to one’s innermost thoughts. What if those innermost thoughts harbor malice, greed, dishonesty? Has the psalmist just condemned himself? He realizes the high probability that his own heart shares the same traits as the hearts of the people he has asked the Lord to annihilate. Self-leadership demands a fierce moral inventory: God, search me, test me, see me, lead me. We will never preach God’s forgiveness without the poison of arrogance until we have humbled ourselves enough to become the forgiven.