In today's reading there were a number of verses that stood out to me:
"I say to the Lord, 'You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.'"
The Lord is David's one and only good thing. David will have nothing to do with the counterfeit gods to whom others worship. This caused me to reflect on my own life. I do feel that I have been blessed with many good things; my wife, kids, housing, vehicles, health, and the list goes on. Maybe I put too high a value on those items and don't place a high enough value on God. David was a king and was very successful, yet he knew that apart from God, he had nothing of value.
"Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin." Psalm 17:3
Resolve. Something we all need as christians, and David expresses his resolve in his decision in being purposeful and deliberate in not having the desire to sin.
God's law is for our good. The side effects are life nurturing - it refreshes us, it provides understanding, we feel joy, and it provides a light in the darkness. The decisions of God are accurate and His reputation comes with a lifetime guarantee. Fear of the Lord; sums up what is required in following the law.
" Psalm 19:14
Having prayed that God would keep him from sinful actions, he now prays that God would govern his words and thoughts. Something to keep in mind as its usually a thought before it turns into an action.
May our hearts be affected with the excellence of the Word of God, and also with the evil of sin and the danger we are in of it.