Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. (Psalm 16:5)
You alone. Lord, it is You alone. Although I sometimes turn toward others sources of strength or joy, it is You alone who is my portion and my cup.
My sustenance is in You. My provision is in You. My security is in You. My joy is in You. Lord, my God, my King and my Savior, it is You alone.
Purify my heart from all idols and false loves. Clear out all the wrong desires and twisted pursuits. Bring me back to my first love, my one holy desire and passion, my solitary pursuit of You— You alone.
The next two weekends at Eastbrook I will speak about “The Good Life” from Psalm 23.
In a world the trivializes nearly everything and mocks both meaning and depth, what sort of truths do we encounter in Psalm 23? While much of our contemporary American Christianity relegates Psalm 23 to either sentimentalism or the closing days of our lives, what would it look like to truly enter into the realities found in Psalm 23 in our daily lives? What does it mean to live the “with-God” life where He is our Shepherd daily and all lifelong? I have a hunch that it would be the good life which so many people are desperately trying to find.
July 19/20 – “Living the Good Life” – Psalm 23:1-4
July 26/27 – “Sustaining the Good Life” – Psalm 23:4-6