The scripture for today is Psalm 16, A miktam of David.
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 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.
King David was secure in his belief about the magnificence and goodness of God. He prayed daily understanding that our lives are a gift of God and we need to acknowledge that in all that we say and do. This Psalm brings me great solace because of the surety that David exhibits in his understanding of his relationship to God.
In verse 4 David acknowledges that humans have a choice to make. You either believe in God or you take your chances by worshiping another God. Today we see the attraction of worshiping money or other humanly made things looking for satisfaction or happiness in our daily lives. David points out that those pursuing other gods will “suffer more and more” for these things can’t love you back like our God can.
So, as we live our lives let’s make our commitment to God a strong commitment so that we can enjoy the surety of his love. This commitment will help us live in confidence that no matter what happens to us in our daily life that God always is true in his love for us and the promise of life with him in eternity.
Let us pray: Magnificent God thank-you for loving us, helping us and leading us to a fulfilled life. Help us to keep sin from clouding our vision of what life can be as we walk with you. Amen
Prayer Concern – Those who aren’t secure in their beliefs.