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I Have Set the LORD Continually Before Me

August 4, 2014

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I Have  Set the LORD  Continually Before Me

Everybody looks up  to someone  in their lives.     Whoever is their ideal  —  the one they want  to be like  and imitate  —  is the one  they follow.     Sadly,  many follow those  who should not be  deemed ideal  in life.     They are looking up to  and mimicking  blatant sinners,  with all sorts  of self-inflicted troubles  in their lives.

Opposite  of that sort  of earthly idealism,  King David  looked up  to the LORD  as the most important  in his life.     In Psalm 16:2,  David sang,

I said  to the LORD,  “You are my Lord;
I have  no good  besides You.”

David lovingly  looked to the LORD God Almighty  as his God.     He definitely realized  there is absolutely  “no good”  besides the good  that is  in the being of the LORD.     If we realize  just who  God is  and how very much  He loves us,  we will know  for sure  that we  “have no good besides You.”     Because David realized  that the LORD  is our Creator,  Sustainer,  and Redeemer,  he acted accordingly  and said  in Psalm 16:8,

I have set  the LORD  continually before me;
Because  He is at  my right hand,  I will not  be shaken.

That is  truly knowing  the LORD.

There is nothing  in all  of creation  —  or anywhere else  —  that can measure up  to the LORD.     And then  to think  that this Almighty  truly loves us.     That is amazing  because we  amount to nothing  —  but  He has still chosen  to especially love us  and redeem us  from the sins  that eternally condemn us.

Because God’s love  for us  led Him  to send  Christ Jesus  to suffer  and die  to pay  for all our sins,  we need  to always think  about that message  of love.     We are not alone  in the troubles we face.     God is loving us  every step  of the way  —  “I have  no good  besides You.”     David had  more than  his share  of troubles  —  and yet,  he knew  and trusted  in the LORD  as his Savior  in every situation.

How is it  that David was so sure  that  “He is at  my right hand,  I will not  be shaken”?     And besides that,  how was David so sure  that  “I have no good  besides You”?     David lets us know  in Psalm 27:4,

One thing I have asked  from the LORD,  that I shall seek;
That I may dwell  in the house  of the LORD  all the days  of my life,
To behold  the beauty  of the LORD
And  to meditate  in His temple.

Like David,  if we truly want  to know  the LORD  and His goodness,  we must  “seek”  Him  in His word.     This is the way David  “set the LORD continually before”  him.     We,  too,  need  to  “set the LORD  continually before”  us  by studying and meditating  on His word.

As we look  to the LORD  to follow Him,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  how good it is  to dwell  in Your faithful love.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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