Read: Psalm 16:8
David, the writer of this Psalm, has made the decision to put God in His rightful place as Lord over his life. He says that he is ever conscious of His presence before him. He is doing what Brother Lawrence wrote about in his small book I read years ago, entitled "Practicing the Presence of God”. This not only meant sweet fellowship and communion with his Shepherd, but it also brought a sense of peace and security to this man after God's own heart. He says as much in the second sentence of the verse when he states that it is because of having the knowledge of God's presence always with him, that he would not be "shaken".
Where does our peace and confidence come from? Is it not from the same source as David's? Are we, too, unshakeable in life situations, due to the shepherd of our souls? How hard are you pursuing the Lord? I have to ask myself that question! Are we practicing His presence by keeping a conscious awareness of, not just His presence, but His nearness to us? Is he truly, as David said, ".. continually before me.." ? What does that mean to you? Are you easily "shaken" by people or circumstances? Do you and I experience the peace and confidence of David? We can!
Lord, may I be always conscious of You and confident in You. Amen.
Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.
Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.
Supplication: Petition God for growth in your character and personal discipline, and for physical health and strength. Ask for Him to empower you for spiritual warfare against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Ask for help regarding your activities of the day and other concerns you have. Intercede for the poor and hungry, the oppressed and persecuted, and those in control of world resources. Offer prayers for peace among the nations and current events and concerns.