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Monday, March 11, 2013

Today’s Reading | Psalm 16

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
     I have no good apart from you.”

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
     in whom is all my delight.

Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;
     their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
     or take their names upon my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
     you hold my lot.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
     I have a goodly heritage.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
     in the night also my heart instructs me.
I keep the Lord always before me;
     because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
     my body also rests secure.
For you do not give me up to Sheol,
     or let your faithful one see the Pit.

You show me the path of life.
     In your presence there is fullness of joy;
     in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (NRSV)


We all have times when we don’t know where to turn. We struggle with choices and issues, large and small. David was no different. We know David’s story: he was a shepherd who killed a giant with his slingshot. He was a musician who became the close friend of the king’s son. And, ultimately, he was a man of God who became the king of his people. He made some wise decisions, and he made some terrible ones.

We don’t know where David was in his journey when he wrote this psalm. But wherever he was, his words show us the way to live a life in which we can experience “the fullness of joy” and “pleasures for evermore.” Like David, we can take refuge in God’s love for us and trust in his guidance. This was God’s promise to David, and it is his promise to us: that he will be our guide and will show us the path of life. And whether that path is easy or rough, God will be with us. His presence will be our security and consolation.

What a comfort to have such a guide in life. We are faced with decisions every day. Sometimes we are perplexed by the choices placed in our way. But, like David, we are not alone. God will be our guide. He will protect us and lead us. We just need to trust and listen.


God, as I journey through this Lenten season, remind me of your presence and guidance. Strengthen my faith, and help me to place my trust in you to be my guide.

Written by Juli Crabtree, member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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