It is so important that we are reminded regularly of the fact that the plans God had for our lives are the best we can experience. Sometimes we forget this and fall back into trying to please ourselves. This is exactly what Satan wants us to do because if we stop pursuing the Lord this is exactly what happens. We start to believe our plans are best and we try to add the Christian experience to it which is completely misleading and false. The sad thing is that we can put on a ‘Christian-like show’ without our hearts being changed. The Psalmist David was not like that he had such a confidence in his God. Verse 3 says: “ My voice you shall hear in the morning, O, Lord, in the morning I will direct it to you, and I will look up “. The first thing that impacted me was the strength of his decision to put the Lord first in his life. As King, he would have so much responsibility for being in charge of the nation. People would be demanding of his time every day so he found a secret for him to have a close relationship with his God, he would start each day by talking to his Lord. As I look back over my life I have suffered because I thought I was too busy to spend time with the Lord and I believe this is a trap that we all experience at times. While it is true it is good to spend time with the Lord daily because when it becomes a priority something changes in the way that we live. It does not matter what stage of life we are at, it is still important to start the day with the Lord. I am challenged by the clarity of David’s decision, he expressed it with the expression ’I Will and you Shall ’, these expressions leave no misunderstanding as to what he was going to do. Because he had such confidence in his Lord he expressed that confidence in the challenges that he faced. As a teenager, he killed a lion and a bear and was able to kill Goliath because of his unshakeable trust in his Lord. He knew his God was greater than any situation he faced. One final observation in the verse he declared that he would ‘Look up’. This is another way of declaring that he lived his life which means he trusted his God. When you are uncertain you look down but the Lord is not found that way only when you look up. Verse 4 says: “For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, nor shall evil dwell with you “. What this declares is a warning to us in the world in which we live. Standards are continually falling and there is a danger that our silence is seen as an approval for the ungodly behaviour. 1 John 2:15 says: “Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world the love of the Father is not in him “. There are so many ways to be entertained with ungodly standards today and it takes great strength of commitment not to accept and be overwhelmed by it. The Psalmist David is very clear that there is no place for evil to be in our lives. May we stand up and declare God’s character to all the people we are in contact with daily.