I am so encouraged by the inspiration of God’s word and this Psalm is no exception as the Title says “The hope of the faithful and the Messiah’s (Jesus) victory”. This Psalm certainly produces hope for those who trust in the Lord. Look at what Verse 8&9 says: “ I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh shall rest in hope”. NLT I know the Lord is always with me, I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me. No wonder my heart is filled with joy, and my mouth shouts His praises! My body rests in safety “. These verses commence with the secret of loving Jesus and living with Him. The statement is “I have set”, the success of our Christian walk commences with a strong choice that we do not change, I make no apology that I am passionate about living with Jesus, these last nine years since the loss of Barbara have been highlighted by how wonderful it is living with Jesus. Being set in our ways brings great comfort when we are set on Jesus. Because of this decision, I know He is always with me, it is so good to pause and sense His presence. It is not a matter of trying to please Him, it is how we live. When we choose to live with Jesus with no regrets then there is a steadfastness we experience. This is something to treasure because it makes living so precious. Because we live in a world that is changing and the rate of change is increasing, this is why it is so important to continually make the right choice and be steadfast in the way that we live. The next thing that happens is our heart is glad, when our spirit comes alive it is so easy to praise and worship the Lord and we use the time that is available to us to do so. Verse 8 says when our spirit is alive our body experiences a calmness that is so refreshing. As I ponder these verses I realise what a wonderful provision my Salvation provides, being a new creation in Jesus Christ is so precious with so many benefits. Psalm 103:1&2 says: “ Bless the Lord O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord O my soul, and forget not all His benefits”. I am inspired by this Psalm of David when our attitude is correct living with Jesus has so many benefits. These benefits have become more visible in my life as I continually choose to put Jesus first. Living by oneself at the age of 84 years has a great temptation to slack off and just coast along. I have found the exact opposite to be true, at every opportunity I have I tell people of the greatness of my God. These are great days to be alive because God is beginning to do a new thing in the church and I am glad to be alive so that I can be part of what God is doing!

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