Thursday 5 January, 2017

Psalm 16

1 Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. 2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” 3 I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” 4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips. 5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. 6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. 7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. 8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, 10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful[b] one see decay. 11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

There are so many thoughts in this Psalm worth meditating on, but it is vs 3 that is standing out for me.

When we think of heros, it is usually people who have done something amazing, or have a superpower. These kinds of hero’s are hard to relate too, it’s a fantasy, good in a movie but not real life.

But a true hero is someone who inspires me to do something that I can achieve. And as David says here, it is the godly people who are his true hero’s.

Godly people inspire me, encourage me, usually because they are normal people that have chosen to follow God to walk in faith and obedience. They have experienced hard times and haven’t quit. They keep their faith when the world says to give it away.

When I am going through a tough time, I look to those who have experienced the same thing. Godly people inspire me to keep going. They are ordinary people who have faith in an extraordinary God.

These are my true hero’s.

Father, I am so thankful for all the people that you have placed in my life, who encourage me in my faith. Bless them, as they have been a blessing to me.

Written by Andrew Martin

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