I have set the LORD always before me

Posted on 22nd April 2020 under The Rectory Bulletin


I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Psalm 16:8

The feeling of being shaken is a disturbing one: the near miss; a phone call with bad news; life crowding in at four in the morning when you just can’t sleep. Try as you might, stray thoughts float in the air and take an age to settle.

There is a resolve in this verse: “I have set the LORD always before me”. The godly King David has determined to keep God in this mind, to walk in the ways laid out by God and to follow God’s prompting. He is always before him, he is at David’s right hand. The king will not be shaken. He is secure.

This is no abstract musing, but a reflection of a life lived in danger. Whether as a boy standing before Goliath, or as a young man fleeing from King Saul, David knew what it was to be in jeopardy. He was a man of many battles, around whom plots swirled. A general as much as a king, and yet he had found the key to peace even when under extreme pressure.

I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.


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