Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
There are many things that can trouble our lives, but none that can shake us loose from the grip of God’s grace if our hearts remain pointed at Jesus as our Lord and our hope remains focused on the Lord’s return. If Jesus is our Lord, then all of life’s greatest blessings lie ahead of us and he will let nothing rob us of this coming glory!
Holy Lord, you are worthy of majesty, honor, and praise. I lift up your name, O God, and place it above every name. As I look to the future, I want to honor you and I want to journey with you there. Since I believe you will never leave or forsake me, I will always look ahead to find you leading the way. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.
I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. – Psalm 16:8
I can remember one time when I was driving my car. I dropped my phone and somehow it rolled to the passenger side of the car on the floor. I wanted to get the phone back, so I leaned over while driving. The next thing I knew, I was driving in the gravel on the side of the road. When I took my eyes off the road and began looking on the floor for my phone, my car started going in a direction that was no longer safe.
I didn’t get hurt and my car didn’t get hurt, but I learned an important lesson that day. I learned that you go where you look. The same principle is true in our spiritual lives as well. We go toward the things that we spend the most time looking at. Today’s Bible verse talks about keeping your eyes on the Lord. Why is keeping your eyes on the Lord important? Because in life you’ll go where you look. If you want to have a solid relationship with God and to avoid having your faith shaken, you need to keep your eyes on God.
As you keep your eyes on God, you find that you’re not swayed by relationships, hardships, or anything else that might steal your peace and joy. Keeping your eyes on God makes a huge difference in your life. So challenge yourself to not get distracted and off course by looking at all the stuff going on around you. Choose instead to keep focused on God and His goodness and see Him move in big ways in your life.
Psalm 31 is a song of lament where David cries out for deliverance from his enemies and refuge from his troubles. As the psalm progresses the tone shifts from anguish to an expression of trust in the Lord. Although David’s circumstances were dire, he nonetheless trusted in the Lord’s promises to “preserve the faithful” (verse 23). On the basis of this promise of preservation, David here asks the Lord to save Him with His steadfast love.
God’s love is unchanging and unfailing. As you pray, thank the Lord that our relationship with Him depends not on our own strength but on omnipotence and unchanging character. Ask Him to help you to believe firmly in His love, and to prepare you for hard times when you are tempted to forget it.