Psalm 16:7 “I will praise the LORD,”
[Yes, I will wholeheartedly, with every part of my being, praise such a wonderful Lord who, out your great love, pours blessing after undeserved blessing in our lives. You are worthy beyond all measure of all the worship I can give!]
“who counsels me;”
[You are the God who reaches into my life moment by moment, you speak to me through your Word and through your Spirit, through counsel, through realizations and understanding of circumstances.
When I am confused, uncertain or afraid, you are there to counsel me out of your measureless love and knowledge. I can turn to you for wisdom and know for sure that you will give it. I am ever with you, you ever helping, protecting and guiding me.]
“even at night my heart instructs me.”
[As I wait for sleep and meditate on your Word, you teach me new things, reinforce old truths, reveal insights and bring further transformation.
Even in my dreams you speak to me as Scripture comes to mind. Sometimes, without realizing I am in a dream, I face life-threatening circumstances and can respond with praise and trust, hearing the leading of your Spirit.]
Psalm 16:8 “I have set the LORD always before me.”
[To my shame, I cannot say that I do this always, but certainly want to put you first, to acclaim you in every aspect of my life, to have my heart open to your guidance at each juncture, to follow your leading constantly. Help me to do that faithfully, Lord Jesus.]
“Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
[In contrast to me, you, Heavenly Father, are always consistent, always faithful. Since you never leave me, you are persistently there when I need you and you will always give what is necessary in protection, guidance, wisdom and provision. So there is no reason for me to be shaken. In every instance you give beyond what I need and I can praise you in it.]
Praise you, Lord, that as I go into this day, it is certain that you will be there, keeping me within the pleasant boundaries you have set to protect me, blessing me with your presence, giving me new vision to understand what is good and what is not.
I praise you for your great wisdom, your abundant love, your ever-flowing grace, your endless kindness. To you l lift my voice of praise, to you I give my life anew. Glorify yourself today in all that will come, that those around may see your greatness and bow before you, too.]