Do You Set the Lord “Before You”?

Psalm 16 is a great psalm about the goodness of God. Here are two sentences I’d like to focus on this morning: I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. I don’t know for sure what David has in mind with the phrase, “set the Lord always before me” but it sounds like a pretty good idea. When you work with publishing and graphic design software you have a foreground and a background. The material in the foreground is usually the most important. Is the Lord in the “foreground” of your life or has He been relegated, through design or simply apathy, to the “background”? I know that in my own life I tend to creep into the foreground, making life mostly “about me”. That is definitely my tendency. I have to consciously set the Lord before me. I do that primarily by spending time reading and studying God’s word and being around God’s people. This helps me to maintain the proper perspective. Putting the Lord always before you makes the “I shall not be moved” phrase of the next sentence possible. Keeping the Lord in the foreground makes it more difficult for us to be moved off of a life of following Jesus even when things get tough. I hope you have decided to set the Lord before you and have identified those things in your life which make this a reality.

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