The Values of a Godly Leader

1O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? 2Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart; 3who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors; 4in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who fear the Lord; who stand by their oath even to their hurt; 5who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent. Those who do these things shall never be moved. (Psalm 15: 1-5)

In this psalm, David speaks from experience about the value God places on being morally upright. The psalm expresses ten standards for those who may dwell with God. In today’s church growth culture, it is easy for us to claim certain values and call them our own, but what we really value is demonstrated in how we live.

As a group:

1. Read Psalm 15 aloud. (You may want to ask two people to read, alternating.)
2. Identify the ten values of one who lives with God.
3. How are these values reflected in the way leaders treat others?

Reflect individually or in small groups:

1. Share an example of someone in whom you see these values.
2. How have you struggled in living out these values?
3. What one standard or value can you commit to living out?

As a group, you might find it beneficial to covenant together to treating each other within the guidelines of Psalm 15.

Pray together, as a whole consistory. Sample prayer:

Lord, we are amazed at your grace and humbled by your mercy. You took David and taught him how to live, and we ask you to do the same with us. As we lead your church, may our values be lived out according to your will. Amen.