Psalm 16 was such a comfort and a renewal of truth for me today.
2 I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;I spent a week in a mansion, I kid you not, last week in North Carolina. It was beautiful. It had many 'things'. While I throughly enjoyed myself there, I left wanting stuff. And that's sad, really. This scripture reminds me that even if I had everything in that house and around that house, I would still have nothing. Matthew 16:26 reminds me that "what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?" These fine folks were Christians, and generous Christians at that. But I need to remember that no matter how much 'stuff' I have or don't have, it is the Lord who is my portion. As the psalmist remembers as well:
apart from you I have no good thing.”
5 LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.I worry so much about finances. Who doesn't? I worry about VBS getting done 'right' this year (this is my first year to co-direct and the other gals first year too!). I worry about my kids getting sick, I worry about gaining weight. I worry, worry, worry. And constantly, CONSTANTLY, the Lord provides again and again and again.
8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.The psalmist spells it all out right here. Keep your eyes on Jesus. What is that famed hymn?
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
I don't know about you, but often I feel the Lord teaches me so much more in these posts than I'm able to convey. I worry so much about many things. But I need to remember that I have the Lord, He is my portion and all I really need is to keep my eyes on Him. It's all about Him. It is so easy to get carried away with my checkbook, or the lists I have for VBS, or even a broken heart, but all of that, all of it, fades in comparison to the face of Jesus. And I believe we do that everyday when we feast upon His word.
Thank You Father God for Your word, Your gentle reminders. May we be faithful as You are faithful.
Tomorrow's passage: Psalm 17, Psalm 19, John 9:24-41