My heart for this blog post is to remind friends and family of Heritage Baptist Church that we can have "church" just as easily at times sitting in our homes with our family or friends. With that being said, here is our first "Snow Day Devotional."
As I watch the news it seems like many things are continually growing worse in our world. It would appear that our sinfulness is causing us to be in a continual downward spiral that will ultimately lead us into places of pain and hurt that we have never experienced before. That is why when Pastor Luke sent me a text telling me to read Psalm 16 I thought it would be a great discussion for our families.
After talking to many teenagers it is clear that whether you realize it or not, your kids are at least to some extent worried about what is happening in the world around them. In Psalm 16:1 David writes "Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge." What a powerful statement coming from David! While he could have placed his trust in himself, his armies, his family, or any other worldly thing, he places his trust in God! David continues on in the rest of the chapter by saying things like "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing" and "you alone are my portion and cup." David shows us a picture of what true dependence on God looks like. Pastor Luke said a few weeks ago in his sermon "If you still have a life line, you have not met the real Jesus." For the Christian security, rest, hope for the future, and fulfillment is found in our God alone!
Read the rest of Psalm 16 out loud and then answer the following questions by yourself or with your family.
1. Why does David say "apart from you there is no good thing?"
2. David claims that those who run after other gods suffer more and more. What are some gods that our modern culture runs to? (Money, pride, popularity, etc...)
3. In verse 8 David says "I will not be shaken." What allows him to say that?
4. What does it mean when David states "you make known to me the path of life?"
5. How are we filled with God's joy?
6. How can we cultivate His presence in our lives daily?