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Free & Fit - Summer with the Psalms - Sunday 16th June Psalm 16

Summer with the Psalms

Sunday 16th June Psalm 16



“Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge. I said to the Lord, “You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you.” The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them! Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods. I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood or even speak the names of their gods. Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance! I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.”


‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16‬:‭1‬-‭11‬ ‭NLT‬‬



Pastor Tim’s Reflection


What do you put out in front of you when you start your day? Do you make your own plans and create a to do list? These are well intended ideas, man made common instructions and good human intentions, but do they glorify our God? Perhaps not, dare I say do they represent other Gods?! We have a clear decision to make.


The first commandment is clear “You must not have any other god but me.” Exodus‬ ‭20‬:‭3‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Yes, you have to be clear about who you love first, about who you worship and what you put first in your life. It is not that other things are not important or worthy of our attention, it just creates more complication in an already difficult world. God wants us first. To create a to do list, with Prayer, with reading our Bible and with Worship first. Then the other matter can become Godly Matter as part of our Worship to Him.


Yes, it is clear, the Psalmist cries out in today’s Psalm “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever” Psalms‬ ‭16‬:‭11 NLT‬‬. We get to overcome the difficulty in our lives by simply fixing our focus on Jesus. Through Devine intervention and a fresh spiritual focus we can be sure that Jesus will lead us in the way to go. Therefore, we must keep God as our focus and follow Jesus instructions for the beginning of everyday, of every moment and everything. To put God first. I love how Daniel explains it to us:


“I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: “O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands.”

‭‭Daniel‬ ‭9‬:‭4‬ ‭NLT‬‬


We must love and obey our God first, forever and always. Let’s not lose sight of our God intentions and remain intently fixed on him.


Prayer


Father God help us to be fixed on Jesus reminding always in close proximity to you. Help us to not get distracted, disillusioned or dismayed and instead to remain hopeful, helping the hurting and healing the sick for your Kingdoms Glory in Jesus name. Amen


“So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.”

‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:26‬ ‭NLT‬‬


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