Wednesday, July 27, 2005


So, look at the attitude of the psalmist, David. He is secure in having God rule over him. Though David was a king, he was not frustrated by God's sovereign rule...(though I don't know if David was a king when he wrote this psalm). The oversight of God seems to be a comfort and a joy to David. That attitude is reminiscent of a child, in the care of a loving parent; a child as we are called to be.

He has no worry about the future...He is confident that God will keep him from destruction.
He has the assurance of God's constant presence, as he notes that God is at his right hand, and God counsels him in the nighttime.
If as he states, God is his refuge, then God is a surrounding, safe, presence and David is aware of this presence in all situations.
To be aware of God in all things means viewing life, in each situation, with the knowledge that He is there with us, is present in us, using us for His purposes. This is a challenge for each of us. The prayer would seem to be to ask God to keep us sensitve to Him, with ears to hear Him when He speaks.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Psalm 16

As I read through this psalm, the first thing that strikes me is that David, the psalmist, asks God to keep hims safe and states God is his refuge. As you read further on in the psalm though, there is not much written about fearful thing. He states in v. 5 that his "lot is secure". So I am pondering what he means by refuge. The word in greek can also have the meaning 'to confide in' and perhaps that is more what his happening in this psalm.
From v 5-11 I see five examples of God's character and actions toward His own: v5-6 is God's sovereignty and protection; v7 is God's wisdom; v8 is God's security; v9 is God's promise and v11 is God's revelation.
What do you all think?

Friday, July 22, 2005

Psalm 16

Here is the first psalm we will discuss...

Psalm 16
a miktam of David

Keep me safe, O God,
for in you I take refuge.

I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord, apart from you I have no good thing."
As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.
The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods.
I will not pour out their libations of blood or take up their names on my lips.

LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup, you have made my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.

I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.
I have set the LORD always before me.
Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will You let your Holy One see decay.
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Ground Rules

The only rules for the bible study are that all assertions must be supported biblically...if you want to express an opinion, fine, but truth is truth, the rest is not...necessarily

It's me

I am the empress...actually the mom and mother in law of the others on this blog. We are women who attempt to walk with the Lord. I live in the east, am married to a pastor, who has also been an army man, student, med-tech, hospital administrator, worker in a plastic factory and bus driver. I have been a mom (which I loved more than any other work in the world), a student who finally graduated with an English degree from college, an office worker, a gardener and reader of mysteries of all kinds. We have been married 32 years, are still in love and enjoy life together. Our children are grown and you can see no one lives nearer than 2 hours away. Since I miss my girls, I wanted to have a conversation with them about that which is most important to us all-God and all He is and has done and will do....I am excited about our conversation..
Lets see what happens!

Who we are

We are Christian women of the same family. A mother, two of her daughters and her daughter in law. We are Christian sisters and we are scattered throughout the country - the East Coast, the West Coast and the Midwest. We are of varying ages and life stages. We are friends, we are family and we are believers in Christ. Here we will keep our Chrisitan thoughts and share with each other.