Sunday 12 May, 2013

Psalm 16

1 God, keep me safe. I go to you for safety. 2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord. Without you, I don’t have anything that is good.” 3 God’s people who live in our land are glorious. I take great delight in them. 4 Those who run after other gods will have nothing but trouble. I will not pour out offerings of blood to those gods. My lips will not speak their names. 5 Lord, everything you have given me is good. You have made my life secure. 6 I am very pleased with what you have given me. I am very happy with what I’ve received from you. 7 I will praise the Lord. He gives me good advice. Even at night my heart teaches me. 8 I know that the Lord is always with me. He is at my right hand. I will always be secure. 9 So my heart is glad. Joy is on my tongue. My body also will be secure. 10 You will not leave me in the grave. You will not let your faithful one rot away. 11 You always show me the path that leads to life. You will fill me with joy when I am with you. You will give me endless pleasures at your right hand.

Over and over David declares God’s goodness, and the reality of living under that goodness. We can step into David’s shoes and declare the same praise. David followed God’s ways and had relationship with God, and God looked after him. In the same way those of us who have accepted Christ’s sacrifice for us have relationship with God and He looks after us. Are you feeling weary and struggling to worship God? Are you

full of praise and thankfulness for what God has done? Whatever your circumstances take this psalm as your own, and use it to declare your trust in God. The truth of God’s goodness is unchanging through the centuries and millennia. Hallelujah!

Written by Beth Waugh

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