December 11, 2009
I hope you are enjoying the Girlfriends in God daily devotions. We (Mary, Sharon, and Gwen) would like to introduce you to some of our special friends. From time-to-time, the Friday devotions will be written by one of our friends in ministry. We call them our "Friday Friends." So grab your Bible and a fresh cup of coffee and drink in the words from our "Friday Friend,"
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. Psalms 16:5-6 (NIV)
Friend To Friend
I placed the letter inside the mailbox and firmly closed the door. As I turned and headed down the country road for my daily walk, I was deep in thought about a friend's difficult situation. While I walked, I prayed that the note I had just mailed would encourage her.
Making my way around a bend in the road, my attention shifted as my eyes were drawn immediately to a neighbor's front yard. In preparation for hosting an annual August Oktoberfest, our neighbor prepared her yard to insure the safety of her guests. Yellow ribbon ran from tree to tree outlining the perimeter of her property. The line of tape clearly set apart the area in which partygoers could safely enjoy the evening's festivities.
CAUTION! CAUTION! CAUTION! In large, bold, black letters, this one repeated word on yellow ribbon marked the borders of the yard. Passing motorists were alerted to the fact something out of the ordinary was happening and they need to pay attention.
What a vivid illustration of Psalm 16.
I began to think about King David. He was appointed by God at a young age to become king over Israel. However, his rise to power was filled with danger, death threats, and disappointments. David was Jesse's youngest and bravest son. He tended sheep; killed both a lion and a bear with his bare hands; and was so musically gifted, he performed for the king. He fought and defeated the giant soldier Goliath, and he lived as a fugitive for many years as he was hunted by a jealous King Saul.
Yet the Lord's faithfulness to David, and David's to the Lord, brought him safely through it all. David cried out to God when he was in trouble, thanked God when he was delivered, and trusted God for his future. David knew that if he had a relationship with God, he had everything he needed for a contented and secure life.
"The LORD has assigned me…the boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places..." Perfectly capable and completely trustworthy, the Lord is good. Bolstered by the reminder and with renewed confidence, I picked up the pace and marched down the road with a determined stride.
Dear Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness to me and for Your amazing gift of life eternal through Your Son, Jesus Christ. I trust You and give You my life. Amen
Now It's Your Turn
Look up the following verses and note the reasons we can walk through this life with confidence.
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Originally published Friday, 11 December 2009.