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Time with God - May 17

Monday 17th May 2021

Psalm 16:7-11

“I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

The life lived in close fellowship with God is a life overflowing with joy!

Some people’s view of the Christian life is one of grim determination, a life where “commitment” means that I don’t enjoy anything, but everything is about sacrificing what I’d like.

But listen to what David says in this Psalm: “My heart is glad and my whole being rejoices…fullness of joy…pleasures forever.” Does it sound like David was a solemn character? Where did his joy and gladness come from? He tells us, “I have set the Lord always before me.” That joyful determination to put God first meant that God got involved in David’s life. God was “at my right hand”.

We often fall so far short of what we want to do for God, but you need to recognize that God never falls short, if we will walk with him.

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