Words from the Heart for Tuesday January 24th, 2017
I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Psalm 16:8 (NKJV)
I Shall Not Be Moved
There is such certainty in the declaration of this Scripture. We could be failed by other people. Perhaps someone has made a promise that they simply did not keep. What will make the difference in our lives? When we “set the Lord always before us” we have One walking ahead of us who has all power and has made an unwavering commitment to us. We can celebrate that certainty.
A website lists some of the pros and cons of Britons moving to Canada. It speaks of having to do the homework on choosing where to live. It speaks of the fact that whether a person is looking for city, rural or mountain life, there is something for everyone in Canada. Among the best reasons for living in Canada are affordable and high quality healthcare, four distinct seasons, a more relaxed pace of life, generally low crime, friendly people, and believe it or not, cheaper petrol (remember, this is for people in Britain. The list of cons is shorter than the pros: it can be hard for ex-pats to get a job in Canada, Canadians don’t get as many paid holidays as do people in Britain, the winters are cold and the taxes are high.
We live in a transient world. People move for a variety of reasons, positive and negative. The United Nations reports that there are more refugees in our world today than at any other time in the history of the world. There is also a seismic shift in the religious makeup of the world. The Christian Church is experiencing incredible growth in the Global South. Hundreds of thousands of people are becoming followers of Jesus every year. Once they have come to know Christ in a personal way, the spiritual movement stops. King David learned something about the God whom we follow. Once we have put our faith in Him, He holds us, no matter what is happening around us. He writes in Psalm 16:8: “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.” In the Bible, the right hand is a symbol of authority. It is why Jesus is described as being seated at the right hand of God the Father. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him. Because this is the case, He holds us securely. David’s world was often rocked by political and spiritual circumstances all around him. But he knew that he was under the authority of his God who would hold him secure in the midst of the storm. God does the same for us. Set the Lord always before you and you shall not be moved.
These have been words from the heart.