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For Reading and Meditation:     Psalm 16:1-11

We continue expanding the theme we touched on yesterday - the danger of allowing our faith to become more man-centered than God-centered. Whenever I have the opportunity to address Christian counselors I try to urge them to put the glory of God before their client's well-being. A good deal of "Christian counseling" today follows the client-centerd approach where the person is all-important. Thus more attention is paid to how the person has been hurt by others than how he or she may be hurting God by being unwilling to trust Him. This is a very sensitive issue, and I tell counselors in training that it must never be brought up until other issues have been explored and understood. But ultimately, however, this is the issue we must all face, whether we are in counseling or not. Ask yourself this question now: Do I allow myself to be more overwhelmed by the wrong people have done to me than the wrong I might have done (and may still be doing) to God by my unwillingness to trust Him? Putting the glory of God before our well-being does not go down well with some modern-day Christians brought up in the "Me" generation. It means that we have to break away from the idea that life revolves around our desires, our ambitions, our self-image, our personal comfort, our hurts and problems, but instead around the glory and the will of God. When we learn to apply the great text before us today to our lives we will find, as did the psalmist, that when we set the Lord always before us then no matter what happens we will be stirred, but not shaken.

Father, thank You for reminding me that I cannot avoid my soul being "stirred" by life's problems, but when I have set You ever before me, then I can avoid being "shaken." Drive this truth deep into my being this very day. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Questions to Consider
  • Is there a parallel between this account and today's Church?
  • What was Moses' request?

Bible Verses: Psalms 16:1-111 Samuel 4:1-22Exodus 33:12-18Psalms 29:1-2

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