Prayer: You, Lord, are my Lord.

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” 

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble, in whom is all my delight. 

Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows; 

their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names upon my lips. 

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. 

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. 

I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand,  I shall not be moved. 

Therefore my heart is glad, my and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. 

For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit. 

You show me the path of life. 

In your presence there is fullness of joy;  in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

~Psalm 16:1-11

As I result of praying Psalm 16 the past few weeks, I have written the following:

Lord, you are my Lord, and ever so gently the your Spirit reminds me that you are good. You, Lord, are the very best part of my life, but I confess I do not always choose to trust in you. Too quickly I can fall into believing I am too much for even you to handle. I seek after quick fixes and find only a false sense of security. 

But You, Lord, are my security. Your goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life and you hold me in your loving gaze. I see you seeing me and my heart is glad, my soul rejoices, and I can finally rest. I am thankful and praise wells up within me.  

Lord, in your presence I experience fullness of joy and forever pleasures. A life of hope is part of my each new day reality simply because you, Lord, are my Lord. Amen and amen!

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