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Discovering a God who is bigger than you think

Ken Gosnell

Discovering a God who is bigger than you think

Christian leaders are always susceptible to attacks, worry and changes. Sometimes these attacks can come from outside sources while other attacks can come internally.

The psalmist who wrote Psalm 140, David, cried out for God’s protection. He had faced many attacks in his life and leadership. In the midst of a difficult time in his leadership, David penned these words in verses 4 and 7 of Psalm 140, “Keep me safe, LORD, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet...Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle.”

David knew where His strength came from and where to turn in his most difficult moments. He had the assurance that he was cared for and protected. He knew God was watching over his life and knew all of the struggles he faced, and cried out to his Sovereign Lord. 

The term “sovereign”that David references here reminds the reader of the all-encompassing power of God. David knew that God was more powerful than any attack that he would face.

A God who is bigger than you think

CEO Jimmy Dean stated it this way when he said, “God is bigger than people think.” When leaders embrace the power of God in the most challenging times, they can find comfort and peace because they find a God that is bigger than they think.

In this passage, David asks God to protect him from the wicked who devise ways to trip his feet. 

Author and preacher Charles Spurgeon wrote in his book The Treasury of David about these wicked people with these insightful words. “They (the wicked) resolve to turn the good man from his resolve; they would defeat his designs, injure his integrity, and blast his character. Their own goings are wicked, and therefore they hate those of the righteous.” 

David faced fears and worries from people who were seeking to take His kingdom. Today’s leaders face fear and worry from situations and circumstances that seek to hinder their purposes and sabotage their vision, but God is bigger.

A God who is stronger than others think

The leader who seeks to lead like Jesus will need to turn to Jesus as a shield at all times. The promise that Christian leaders have is that God will be a shield in all places and in every decision. When a leader turns to God at all times, they find a source of comfort, power and strength that they will never find from their own abilities.

The Celtic monks used to pray the “St. Patrick's Breastplate” Protective Prayer to start their day. This prayer is attributed to one of Ireland’s most beloved patron saints. According to tradition, St. Patrick wrote the prayer in 433 A.D. The hymn was several stanzas long, but the last two stanzas are especially memorable and moving for Christian leaders.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.


I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through belief in the Threeness, Through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation. 

In turbulent times biblical leaders will lead with confidence and with the belief that God is their shield. 

This knowledge can inspire and empower the leader to make tough decisions and hard calls with faith, knowing that they make these tough decisions with God’s help and His protection. These leaders understand and embrace the truth that God is stronger than others think and often bigger than we ourselves think.

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Ken Gosnell is CEO and Servant Leader of CXP (CEO Experience). CXP is a premier coaching and executive roundtable business that serves Christian CEOs in Washington DC, Maryland and Florida. Ken serves leaders by helping them and their teams to have great experiences that both transform the leader and their organizations to go further faster. Learn More »

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