LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him." But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though thens of thousands assail me on every side. Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
Heavenly Father I praise you for protecting me. In the summer of 2015, I experienced the most difficult season of my life and you protected me. You kept me out of harms way. You shielded me from the intentions of the enemy to discourage, destroy, and defeat me, and for that you are worthy of my highest praise! You lifted my head. You, by the power of your Holy Spirit kept me focused on you and your plans for my life rather than the obstacles that were thrown my way. Thank you. You sustained me. You gave me the energy, strength, and resolve to move forward. You delivered me. You have brought me into a season where I can minister from a more healthy place. You have surrounded me with people who can encourage me, support me, and lead with me as I pursue your call on my life. Lord I praise you for being the same God to me in my time of distress as you were to David during his!
I confess that, like David, there were things that I did to bring this distress upon my life! There were shortcomings in my leadership and there were errors in my ways. Forgive me Lord. Forgive me for the things I must hold myself accountable for in the "drama" that I went through. Forgive me for the pain I caused others. Forgive me for any distractions I caused that prevented people from seeing You. Forgive me for giving people a reason to lose faith in you and the beauty of the local church.
I look forward to taking my suffering from 2015 and turning it into fruit that brings honor and glory to your name in 2016. I look forward to becoming a more responsible leader. I look forward to becoming a leader who is more secure in the calling you have placed on my life. I look forward to becoming a leader who fears you more than I fear the opinion of man. I look forward to becoming a leader who is as wise as a serpent, but as gentle as a dove. Lord my desire is that in 2016, though troubles may come my way, may they not be troubles that I bring upon myself! I thank you in advance for a year filled with fruit as a result of a year in which I learned from my failure!