Even when we don’t feel God’s presence or God’s care for us, we know that God is present, and God is caring for his people.
Perhaps the psalmist is right: those who listen to God’s word, who know it, who follow it, they are flourishing.
Sometimes we can't see the forest for the trees. It's helpful to retreat back to the stream in order to regain a longer, broader view of things.
Take some time to let the roots grow deeper, time to nourish the spirit for the work of bearing fruit for a hungry world, time to meditate on the Words that give meaning and purpose and direction.
In leadership, but also in the whole of life, follow the pattern of the psalmist: seek the good with a heart of praise. Like the king, live in and live out the Word. Like the shepherd, lead with humility and service. In your service, God is glorified, and we are given a gracious and priceless gift. Whatever that crown of glory may look like, it will never fade.
Lack of hospitality is a big deal to God because it falsely represents the nature of God… especially when it is perpetrated by the church.