It is very interesting the title of this Psalm, David named it “Prayer with confidence in final solution”. This declares David’s overall confidence in his God, he was prepared to go through any situation because he knew that his God would in the end be victorious. He approached life in general with great confidence because although he lived a righteous life his confidence in his God went from strength to strength. Verse 3 says: “You have tested my heart, you have visited me in the night, you have tried me and have found nothing, I have purposed in my heart not to transgress”. As I consider this verse I am amazed at the confidence David has in his relationship with his God. It is so easy at times to allow many things to take priority over the way that I live.  I can remember being told by church people that I take being a Christian too seriously. Sadly this is laughable because you cannot be too close to God. The biggest problem the Church has today is trying to find people who put Jesus first in their lives. When you love someone you want to be with them as often as you can. This has been a major challenge over the last 10 years not living with the person I loved so much. Listen to what David experienced “You have tested my heart”, our heart is the centre of how we live, this is where we choose to live the way that we live. It would be good for all of us to come to God and ask Him to reveal to us any part of our life that needs to be repented of and change.  Next David declares God visited him at night, this is the time when we are most vulnerable and he knew that even when he was off guard God would find nothing wrong, this is what he declared in this verse. May our relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ produce the same result.  The final thing that he declared was that “He purposed that his mouth would not transgress”. At times if we are not careful we can say the wrong thing and we cannot bring back the wrong words that we have spoken, James 3:2 says: If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man “. Verse 4 says: “Concerning the words of men, by the words of your lips, I have kept myself from the paths of the destroyed”. Living by worldly standards destroys our relationship with our God. Paslm 119:109 says: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path “. Putting this verse into the way that we live is essential and the reward for doing so is experienced daily in our lives. Verse 5 says: “Uphold my steps in your paths that my footsteps may not slip”. We have a Saviour who is our good shepherd who only takes us to where it is best for us  This Psalm brings us such a challenge to not coast along but use but use every opportunity to be close to the Lord. These are great times to be alive when the Lord is building His church in a significant way, and I want to be part of what He is doing and not a hindrance, this only happens when we spend time daily with the Lord and listen to the voice of the Spirit.


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