Friday, July 30, 2010

Psalm 16

Hello Readers,

My faith is a firm foundation for me, and at times like this when so much else is unknown to me I am so thankful that I have the peace of salvation, and the comfort and knowledge of my Redeemer. 

The L
ORD the Psalmist’s Portion in Life and Deliverer in Death.

A Mikhtam of David.
1 Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.
2 I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
          I have no good besides You.”
3 As for the saints who are in the earth,
          They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.
4 The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied;
          I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood,
          Nor will I take their names upon my lips.
5 The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
          You support my lot.
6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
          Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.
7 I will bless the LORD who has counseled me;
          Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.
8 I have set the LORD continually before me;
          Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;
          My flesh also will dwell securely.
10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;
          Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
11 You will make known to me the path of life;
          In Your presence is fullness of joy;
          In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Part of the devotional that I follow is a Psalm of the week... and I've decided as a feature on my blog that I'll be sharing one of those Psalms a month. For a long time now I've wanted to include a little more of my spiritual life on the blog... but didn't want it to come across as preachy or judgmental... but merely as something that I'm interested in and something that is very much a part of my life. The Psalms which were written to be songs expressing many of the emotions of the relationship between God and His people are a beautiful place to begin. They sometimes express joy, or sorrow, hope, or fear, or confidence that the Lord will deliver, they express a humble heart, and a willingness to change, and most of all they are written as an act of worship. So... if you desire... worship with me today. If you find this whole thing unappealing... just skip over this post, I promise you won't hurt my feelings! 

*One little note as you read this and many Psalms you'll see the word Selah, it's a Hebrew word that is sort of difficult to directly translate... some believe it is a musical annotation, some believe that it marks a break in the text (this is the translation that I am most drawn to).. a time to stop and listen, or reflect on what you've just read (or in the case of the Hebrew people it would have been what they just heard).


Practically Perfect... said...

My faith is a big part of my life, too :-) I think that it's a great idea to share these!

Silver Strands said...

Thanks for sharing this Elle. I love this glimpse into your heart. Have a great weekend!