I am so encouraged and challenged by this Psalm (Song) of David, the title of it is “An invocation and doxology”. These are words that we rarely use today but their meaning are relevant and powerful in our walk with our Lord. The word ‘Invocation’ means ‘to call earnestly to God in prayer ’ and ‘Doxology’ are ‘words that glorify God ’, so this psalm of David is him earnestly talking to his God to bring glory to Him. Despite the hardship and trials that David experienced he had an overwhelming desire to declare the greatness of God in his life. I am so challenged by this because at times I allow my flesh to dim how I see my Lord and Saviour. Verse 1 declares: “God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine on us”. We are reminded to pause and reflect on what this verse is saying to us. The fact that God is always being merciful and blessing us. However, there is a danger that I can get caught up in the pressures of life and those pressures can take us away from our close relationship with God. This is a battle that I constantly face and it takes determination to overcome those things that can take us away from our close relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This is a good habit to develop, always assessing our relationship with the Lord. This is so important that we do this because there are people around who are influenced by the Godly presence in our lives. The Bible says in Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden”. This is something that we must keep reminding ourselves of. The Lord desires the way that we are blessed to be visible to the people that we regularly mix with. This is why it is so important to develop a thankful attitude, always talking about the goodness of God in our lives. Verse 2 explains why it is so important to be continually talking about the goodness of God in our lives, “That your way may be known on the earth, your Salvation among the nations “. This is something that we must never forget, we are influencing people all the time whether we are aware of it or not. The god of this world(Satan) is so busy promoting ungodly behaviour and concepts that the world is getting darker. However, be encouraged that the light shines brighter in the darkness. This Psalm reminds us to put God first in our thinking because we have such a great opportunity to show who God is by the way that we talk and live. God is certainly doing new things all over the world including our church. I do not want anyone not to be impacted by the Lord in this new season. Now is the time to be aware of anything that is stopping us from experiencing a close relationship with our Lord and putting it right so that others can see the goodness of God in our lives.