Issue #594 ~ January 13, 2020

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I Have Set the Lord Always Before Me
"I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me."
Psalm 16:7

"I have set the lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken."
Psalm 16:8

What marvelous verses we have to celebrate the beginning of this new day!

Verse 7: "I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me."

There are 2 key words here in verse 7 that we need to meditate upon. He: (1) "counsels" and (2) "instructs."

Let's meditate for a moment on this opening phrase: "I will praise the Lord, who counsels me.
Our first question is: How does the Lord do this? The answer is found in numerous other references in the Psalms. It is through the Word of God.

Psalm 1:2: "But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night" (NIV).

Psalm 119:9, 11: "How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you" (NIV).

Psalm 119:130: "The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding unto the simple" (KJV).

Our biggest problem in life is thinking we know what is best and that the Lord will appreciate our help. Therefore, we do not ask for directions.

"I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me."

Psalm 119:133: "Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me" (NIV).

Martin Luther said: "When God purifies the heart by faith, the market is sacred as well as the sanctuary."

It is those night cookies from the Lord's table that refresh our spirit and get us prepared for the new day dawning.
Verse 8: "I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken."

"I have set the Lord always before me." I ask myself the question, How do you do this?

Proverbs 3:5 - 7: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil" (NIV).

Proverbs 8:34: "Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway" (NIV).

"I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." I have the promise of His presence and His protection.

Isaiah 41:10: "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (NIV).

My precious Pearl wrote a statement the other day that really got my attention: "I must be utterly ruthless to cast off and cut out anything in my life that is a stench and an offence to the holiness of God."

David Jeremiah said: "But we're stubborn creatures who struggle to learn. And we learn the least when the sun is shining and the winds are crisp and life feels good. Peace and prosperity have never provided effective classrooms. Crisis and catastrophe, on the other hand, offer master's degrees. By the way, that accreditation makes you a Master of Disaster." ( Bend in the Road, 120)

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.   Pray:  To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are His. Job 12:13 (NIV

2.   Pray:  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

3.   Praise:  To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue. All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:1,2,3 (NIV)

4.   Pray:   This is what the Lord says - your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17 (NIV)

5.  Thank you to all our faithful friends who have given to BTR to continue building the new website. The website continues to grow with lessons from Don. Check out the new website to see some of Don's lessons.

6.   Pray:  For God to continue to supply the funds necessary to respond to the requests for Bibles from prison inmates. The need is great.

Let's worship the Lord this morning by singing our prayer, "Let the Beauty of Jesus Be Seen in Me":
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me
All His wonderful passion and purity!
O Thou Spirit divine,
All my nature refine Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)  

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