As we come to this Psalm I find the title of this Psalm of David very interesting, the title is “The hope of the faithful, and the Messiah’s victory”. Here David is declaring the victory of Jesus hundreds of years before He was born, with his prophetic eyes he was declaring the greatness of the coming Jesus. Not only did he look forward he had great confidence in his new relationship with his God. As we look at this Psalm we are encouraged to do the same, not only have great confidence in our relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, but look forward with such peace knowing the end with Jesus will be great.  Verse 1 says: “Preserve me, O God, for in you I put my trust “. David unashamedly declares that God would protect him because he put his trust in Him. This is a good reminder to me and I ask myself the question “Do I trust God”? Because if I don’t then I cannot expect Him to protect me. I see a danger in the business of life that if I do not slow down and make sure that my trust is in God and not in my ability to live a life without Him. It is important to pause and take stock of our relationship with our Lord, that it is fresh and constant. Listen to what Verse 2 says: “O my soul, you have said to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord, my goodness is nothing apart from you”. I ask myself this question ‘How often do I asses what I am saying about my Lord?’ To do this it is so important because I have learned there have been times when I have coasted along living by my skill and think that I have been pleasing the Lord with the way that I am living. This verse gives a challenge that I must take regularly ‘Where does my satisfaction come from, or from what I am doing or my relationship with my Lord ‘. I am challenged by this because at times I have deluded myself into believing that I am close to the Lord by comparing myself with other people, and then I allow myself to become proud of what I know about God. All these actions have been within me, not the Public image I portray. This is why a close consistent relationship is essential because sin and God do not mix, the moment I start to live the wrong way my conscience warns me and if I obey my conscience it remains soft and guides my life. However, if I justify my actions then my conscience becomes hard and cannot warn me of the dangers of the choices that I have made. This is why it is so important to stay soft before God. I am so glad that naturally, I have very little talent to rely on to impress other people. I have realised that in all facets of my life, it was the ability that God gives that made me successful. I can join with David and say “My goodness is nothing apart from the Lord”. Today we have a great opportunity to display to the world the greatness of our God!


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