“Learning the Discipline of Delighting in the Lord ” by Pastor Kevin Dibbley - Praying in the Psalms (part 4)

In the old James Bond movies, the famous fictional British Secret Service agent, 007, always ordered his martinis “shaken, and not stirred.” That would be an apt description for many of us as Christians at difficult moments in our lives.

We are shaken with fear and anxiety. We aren’t stirred by the Spirit of God’s promptings towards seizing these moments as opportunities to grow in our love for God and to be moved to serve others with unshakeable hope and confidence.

Well, this Sunday, we are going to study Psalm 16 in which David declares “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

There is a need for all of us to develop the discipline of keeping God always before us. If we did, we would be stirred and not shaken. We would say with the psalmist, “Therefore, my heart is glad and my whole being rejoices.”

Come this Sunday as we encourage one another in church family worship and as we study together the vital subject of Prayer: the Discipline of Delighting in God.

You Will Not Abandon My Soul

A Miktam of David.

[1] Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. [2] I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

[3] As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.

[4] The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.

[5] The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.

[6] The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

[7] I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.

[8] I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

[9] Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.

[10] For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.

[11] You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16 ESV)