October in the Psalms: Always Before Me

In Psalm 16:8, we read, “I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” What could it mean to set the Lord before us and to keep Him at our right hand? I think of the daily habits of prayer (talking to God and listening), Bible reading (to know Him and myself better), and depending on God throughout the day (the Spirit-filled life).

At a women’s retreat this weekend, several people asked, “Where do I begin? How do I start my journey with God now that I have prayed to receive Jesus into my life?” I talked about these practices above, but I also talked about the importance of finding a mentor. I always like to find women a few steps ahead of me in life. And then, whatever I learn, I pass on to others.

For todays’ action–setting the Lord always before us–consider how we might keep the Lord as the focus of our heart. Some of my friends play worship music, listen to podcasts, write in their journals, and cultivate spiritual friendships.

And then? We “will not be shaken” when things come to shake us. The translation of that verb “to shake” means we will not slip, deviate from a right course, or be overcome. We will stand firm, unmoved by temptation or trial.

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